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Historical Museum Guide for Virginia

A directory of Historical Museums in Virginia, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to Virginia?  A visit to these Virginia history museums and historic sites will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Visiting a historical museum will allow you to gain insight into the way early Virginia people lived.  Take a stroll through time.

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Statewide Virginia Historic Sites

Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail

[Online Photo Tour]  [Trail Map]  [History]

Journey Through Hallowed Ground

[Piedmont History]  [List of Sites]  [Maps]

The National Park Service features a map and route itinerary taking you along Route 15 in Virginia's Piedmont to see a National Register of Historic Places

 

Accomack County Captain Timothy Hill House

[History]

The house was built on Chincoteague Island in 1852.  The little house has been restored.  It features log planks and even has ships etched in the logs.  The house is open seasonally with a docent guide who explains the architecture & history of the house.  Located at 5122 Main Street on Chincoteague Island. 

Eastern Shore Railway Museum  

[Genesis of a Railroad Town: Parksley, Virginia, 1884-1904]

Featuring historical railway buildings including the Hopeton, Virginia Train Station, a "tool shed", a crossing guard shanty, and a produce grading shed, the museum has many antique train cars, railroad artifacts, memorabilia and is focused on the history of Parksley and the effects of the railroad on the Eastern Shore.  Located at 18468 Dunne Avenue in Parksley, VA.

Museum of Chincoteague Island

The Museum of Chincoteague is devoted to the collection of materials and preservation of history the progression of life on Chincoteague Island.  Formerly the Oyster Museum, the Museum of Chincoteague Island the museum features historical artifacts, oral histories, models of vessels that travelled the Chincoteague waters long ago and other items related to the history of Chincoteague Island.  Located at 7125 Maddox Blvd. on Chincoteague Island, VA.

NASA Visitor Center

Visitors to the NASA Visitor Center will lean about the past, present and future projects as well as the role of Wallops Flight Facility in aeronautical and space research.  Located at Wallops Flight Facility Building J-17 on Wallops Island, VA.

 

Albemarle County

Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Museum

The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society features a museum collection of over 1500 historical artifacts related to the history of Charlottesville and Albemarle County along with a research library which holds over 2000 books, periodicals, manuscripts, newspapers and other historical documents for the researcher of family history.  Housed inside the historic 1921 McIntire Building located at 200 Second Street NE in Charlottesville, VA.

Ash Lawn-Highland

Home of President James Monroe

[Virtual Tour]  [James Monroe]

The historical house known as Highland, was owned by President James Monroe and wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe of NY from 1793-1826.  After the death of the Monroes', the name was changed to Ash Lawn so today it is known as Ash Lawn - Highland and has been open to the public since 1931.  The plantation home features original furnishings and beautiful grounds and gardens which may be toured or rented for special events.  Located at 1000 James Monroe Parkway in Charlottesville, VA. 

Hatton Ferry

[History]  [Origin of the Hatton Name]

Established in 1870, the Hatton Ferry is the last surviving poled ferry in the USA.  Runs seasonally.  Located at 10120 Hatton Ferry Road in Scottsville, VA.

Michie Tavern

[Tavern History]

Established in the late 1700s by Corporal William Michie, the Tavern operated until the mid 1800s when the Tavern became the Michie family's private home.  Sold in 1910, the Tavern was home to the John Via family.  In 1927, the Tavern was purchased by Mrs. Mark Henderson who set in motion the preservation and restoration of the Michie Tavern by moving it 17 miles.  Today, the Michie Tavern is a place to tour, learn of history, and once again visitors can dine and enjoy it's hospitality.  Located at 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway in Charlottesville, VA.

Monticello - Home of Thomas Jefferson  

[Virtual Tour]

The home itself is a work of art to behold.  Archaeological digs have uncovered over 250,000 objects and relics related to the history of the plantation.  Collections include art, books, artifacts, and even the gardens and landscapes of the plantation.  The library features research and reference materials along with the papers of Thomas Jefferson.  Located on Virginia State Route 53 near the intersection of Interstate 64 and Virginia Route 20.

Scottsville Museum

[History]

The Scottsville Museum is housed inside the 1846 Disciples of Christ Church and features exhibits related to the history of Scottsville and the James River.  Exhibits include historical artifacts, photographs and antique items.  Located at 290 Main Street in Scottsville, VA.

 

Alexandria City Alexandria Black History Museum

The Black History Museum strives to enrich the lives of Alexandria's residents and visitors, to foster tolerance and understanding among all cultures and to stimulate appreciation of the diversity of the African American experience.  The complex is composed of three parts:

  1. Alexandria Black History Museum is devoted to exhibiting local and regional history and includes the Robert H. Robinson Library.  It is located at 902 Wythe Street in Alexandria, VA.

  2. Watson Reading Room provides a space for learning about the diversity of African American cultural traditions.

  3. African American Heritage Park is a nine acre park and wetland located at 500 Holland Lane in Alexandria, VA.

Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site

[History of Ft. Ward]  [Touring Ft. Ward]

Fort Ward is the best preserved of the Union forts and batteries which were built to protect Washington, DC during the Civil War.  The Fort Ward Museum interprets the history of the site and features exhibits about the Civil War.  Visitors will also find exhibits related to the history of Alexandria, Virginia when it was an occupied city during the Civil War.  At times, the fort becomes a living history museum with Civil War re-enactors.  Located at 4301 West Braddock Road in Alexandria, VA.

Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Gadsby's Tavern Museum features two historical buildings: a ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel.  Both buildings are named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them between 1796 and 1808.  Considered a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria, the tavern was a place for theatrical and musical performances, dancing, assemblies and meetings of local organizations.  Gadsby's Tavern was visited by such famous patrons as George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and the Marquis de Lafayette.  Visit the historical tavern and take a step back in time where you will learn about historical figures, history, social customs, food and clothing of a past era.

The Lyceum

[History of the Lyceum]  [Collections]

Alexandria's History Museum is housed inside the 1839 Lyceum building and features over 5000 objects related to the history of Alexandria, Virginia.  The Lyceum building is a good example of Greek Revival architecture and has served many capacities: a barracks and hospital, a private residence, office building, a cultural center and Virginia's first Bicentennial Center.  It is the only museum which is devoted to all periods of the City's past from it's founding in 1749 through present time.  Located at 201 S. Washington Street in Alexandria, VA.

Ramsay House Visitor Center

Built in 1724 by William Ramsay, this house was most likely brought up the river from Dumfries, VA on a barge to it's present site after Alexandria was established in 1749.  The Alexandria Visitors Center was established in the Ramsay House in 1956.  When exploring historical Alexandria, begin here where you may view an orientation video and pick up maps and brochures.  Seasonal walking tours are offered from the Ramsay House.  Located at 221 King Street in Alexandria, VA.

 

Amelia County Jackson Memorial Library and Museum

[Amelia County History]

Focused on the collection and preservation of historical artifacts, documents, maps, books and artistic works related to the history of Amelia County.  Housed in the Jackson Building in Amelia Court House located at 16501 Church Street in Amelia, VA.

Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park

[Park Map]  [Sailor's Creek Battlefield Brochure]

The historical site is where Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia lost 7,700 men in the battles of Sailor's Creek, leading the way to his surrender at Appomattox Court House.  The Overton-Hillman House, used as a field hospital during and after the battle is open to visitors seasonally.  Located at 6541 Saylers Creek Road in Rice, VA.

 

Amherst County

Amherst County Historical Society and Museum

Amherst County Museum and Historical Society on Facebook

[History]  [Genealogy]

[Main Street Historical Walking Tour of Amherst]

Housed inside the 1907 Kearfott-Wood house, the Amherst County Museum is devoted to the collection and preservation of the history of Amherst County, Virginia.  A small genealogy library is also available during museum hours.  Located at 154 South Main Street in Amherst, VA.

Monacan Ancestral Museum

[History of the Monacan People]

The Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia has a Tribal Museum housed inside the Monacan Mission and Museum / School. At the site, there is an 1870s log cabin which was erected as a Church and later used as a school which is now on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.  Located at 2009 Kenmore Road in Amherst, VA.

 

Appomattox County Appomattox County Historical Society Museum

Housed inside the 3rd Appomattox County Jail building built in 1895, the museum features historical artifacts and exhibits related to the history of Appomattox County, Virginia.  located in Courthouse Square on Court Street in Appomattox, VA.

Appomattox Court House National Historic Park

[History and Culture]  [Photo Gallery]

Civil War History comes alive at The McLean House where the historical surrender of Robert E. Lee occurred in 1865.  The McLean house is furnished with period furnishings and features original and reproduction items.  The Visitor Center is housed inside the reconstructed courthouse building.  Living history programs are featured during the summer and seasonally.  Exhibits include original artifacts related to the surrender of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.  Located on VA Rt. 24, 2 miles northeast of the town of Appomattox, VA.

Carver-Price Legacy Museum

[Reflections]

Housed inside the original Rosenwall School which was built in 1928 to educate black children in the era of segregation, the museum is focused on the rich African American history in Appomattox County and the history of local Heritage Education.  The museum features displays, exhibits and memorabilia.  Located at 102 Carver Lane in Appomattox, VA.

Clover Hill Village

Clover Hill Village is a living history village comprised of original local historical buildings which have been moved to the site along with reproductions of actual buildings which used to exist at the site.  Owned and operated by the Appomattox County Historical Society, Clover Hill Village is located at 5747 River Ridge Road in Appomattox, VA.  Buildings include:

  • Wesley Chapel - One of the oldest churches in Appomattox County, it was built in 1828 and used until 1939.  It contains many original furnishings and is complete with the original outhouse.  Available for rental for weddings and special events.

  • Hamilton's Blacksmith Shop - Originally located in Evergreen, the shop was moved to Clover Hill Village in 1994 and is used to demonstrate historical metalworking.

  • Isabelle Grady Log Cabin - Built around 1830, the cabin contains original furnishings.

  • Poor House Farm Cabin - dating to the 1800s, it is a typical poor house cabin for the homeless or needy.

  • Pole Barn - A reconstruction of a typical farm shed of the period.

  • Civil War Winter Quarters - Typical of the shelter for Confederate enlisted men.

  • Hardy School - Early 1900s schoolhouse.

  • Dixon Memorial Farm Equipment Display - features antique farm equipment from the estate of the late Harry Dixon of Cullen, VA.

  • A General Store.

Museum of the Confederacy - Appomattox

The Museum of the Confederacy at Appomattox features exhibits related to the Civil War at Appomattox.  Featuring stories of the Confederate government, the military, civilians, enslaved and free African Americans, the exhibit details the events which lead up to the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House.  Included in the museum's collection are the sword and coat worn by General Robert E. Lee at the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to General Grant.  Located at 159 Horseshoe Road in Appomattox, VA.

 

Arlington County Arlington Historical Museum

[Arlington County History]

Owned and operated by the Arlington Historical Society, the museum is housed inside the oldest school building in Arlington County, Virginia.  Built in 1891 the historic two story Hume School is named for Frank Hume who donated the property for the school.  After extensive renovations, the building houses the Arlington County Museum collections.  Located at 1805 South Arlington Ridge Road in

Ball-Sellers House

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[History of the Ball-Sellers House]  Photos

Built ca 1760s, the Ball-Sellers House is the oldest house in Arlington County, Virginia.   Built by a yeoman farmer, John Ball, the house is a rare example of a home built by the ordinary person during the 18th century.  The small house of original logs, clapboard roof and pegged floorboards, is a one room house with a loft and attached lean-to behind it.  Located at 5620 Third Street South in Arlington, VA.

Black Heritage Museum of Arlington Virginia

An online museum without walls devoted to African American history in Arlington, County, Virginia.  The ultimate goal is to establish a physical museum.

Drug Enforcement Administration Museum & Visitors Center

Visitors will explore the history of drug abuse and drug law enforcement in America and be educated about the problem.  Located at 700 Army Navy Drive in Arlington, VA.

Gulf Branch Nature Center

Visitors will discover living history activities such as butter churning, blacksmithing, cornhusk doll making, and scarecrow making in a beautiful park setting which includes a restored log cabin, a children's discovery room, an observable bee hive and other exhibits.  Located at 3608 N. Military Road in Arlington, VA.

 

Augusta County

Antique Fire Engine Museum

The City of Staunton Volunteer Fire Department is one of the oldest fire departments in the state of Virginia and home to "JUMBO".  Jumbo is a 1911 Robinson Chemical Fire Engine -  the first motorized fire truck to be used in the state of Virginia and the only one of it's kind to have survived.  Located at 500 N. Augusta Street in Staunton, VA.

Augusta Military Academy

Alumni House and Museum

[History]  [Virtual Tour]

The Augusta Military Academy Museum is inside the AMA Alumni House in Fort Defiance, VA.  The Academy Male Academy was founded in 1874 by Charles S. Roller.  Five years later when military instruction and discipline were introduced, he changed the name to Augusta Military Academy.  The museum features displays and exhibits related to the history of the academy.  Located at 1640 Lee Highway in Fort Defiance, VA.

Camera Heritage Museum

[History of Photography]  [Antique Cameras in History]

The museum documents the cameras, photographers and images in their museum collections.  Some of those collections include Civil War Portraits, Aerial WWII Photography (especially Pearl Harbor), film making, early sports photography and many more.  Over 2000 cameras are in their collection and most of them are antique cameras.  The Camera Heritage Museum is housed in the former Camera and Palette store at 1 W Beverly Street in Staunton, VA.

Frontier Culture Museum

[Exhibits]  [Photo Gallery]

An outdoor living history museum, they currently feature six original farm buildings from Britain, Germany and Virginia.  Focus is on the Old World immigrants and how they lived in their homelands, how they came to America and their way of life on the American frontier.  Located at 1290 Richmond Avenue in Staunton, VA.

Staunton Military Academy VWIL Museum at Mary Baldwin College

[SMA - VWIL Memorial Wall]

The Staunton Military Academy (SMA) Alumni Association - Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership (VWIL) Museum is a mutual endeavor with a mission to preserve the past while challenging the future.  Located at Mary Baldwin College at 227 Kable Street in Staunton, VA.

Staunton Guided Tours

[Sites to See]   [Tours]

There are several ways for visitors to learn about Staunton.  Try a Narrated Trolley Tour, a driving tour, a walking tour.  There are many historical sites to see in Staunton, Virginia.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

The museum galleries guide you through the life of Woodrow Wilson from the days of his study at Princeton to his historic Great War peace efforts and his 8 years of service from 1913-1921 as the 28th President of the United States.  Housed inside the chateau style mansion adjacent to the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, the museum is located on the first floor while a research library is on the second floor and the third provides storage space.  The first floor museum is open to the public and is furnished with period furnishings.  Located at 18 N. Coalter Street in Staunton, VA.

 

Bedford County Avenel

[History]

An original plantation home built in 1838 by William M. Burwell is sitting smack dab in the middle of the City of Bedford.  Remaining in the Burwell family for almost 70 years, the house was then purchased by J. W. Ballard.  The Avenel Foundation purchased the house in 1985.  The home has seen over 175 years of Bedford County history.  Being beautifully preserved and restored, the home can be rented for weddings and special events.  Located at 413 Avenel Avenue in Bedford, VA.

Bedford Historic Meeting House

[History]

Located at 315 North Bridge Street in Bedford, VA.

Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library

Housed inside the 1895 Masonic Temple, the Bedford Museum is devoted to the history of Bedford County from her early Native American history through the 20th century.  The museum is also headquarters for the Bedford Genealogical Society and research library.  Located at 201 E. Main Street in Bedford, VA.

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest 

[History]  [Archaeology]

This National Historical Landmark was a retreat home to Thomas Jefferson.  Originally the property  was known an the Poplar Forest and was owned by Thomas Jefferson's father-in-law.  Thomas Jefferson inherited the 4819 acre plantation in 1773.  Populated by a poplar forest at the time, Jefferson loved spending time there and in 1806 undertook the building of a retreat.  The octagon house which he built still stands and is being preserved and restored. Visitors will enjoy a self guided tour of the house and grounds.  Guided tours are also offered.  Celebrate special events at the Poplar Forest as well.  Located at 142 Bateman Bridge Road in Forest, VA.

Wharton House

Built in 1883, the Italianate style house is the headquarters of the Bedford Historical Society.  Located at 315 North Bridge Street in Bedford, VA.

 

Bath County Bath County Historical Society Museum

Located next to the Bath County Courthouse in Warm Springs, VA.

 

Bland County

Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum

[History]

The Indian village existed here ca 1215 near Bastian, VA.  The museum features the artifacts discovered in the archaeological digs.  Located off Interstate 77 in the Appalachian Mountains at exit 58.

 

Botetourt County Botetourt County Historical Society & Museum

[Tour the Museum]

Housed inside a historical building that had it's beginnings in 1791 as a one room law office, the museum is dedicated to the preservation and display of Botetourt County history.  Located behind the Botetourt County Courthouse at 1 W. Main Street in Fincastle, VA.

Fincastle Museum

Historic Fincastle Inc on Facebook

The James Early Log Cabin serves as the home for the Fincastle Museum.  The cabin was built between 1796 and 1798.  It has been completely restored by Historic Fincastle, Inc and is furnished with period antiques from Fincastle and Botetourt County, Virginia.  The Society also offers walking tours of the Fincastle Historic District.  Located at 20 West Main Street in Fincastle, VA.

 

Brunswick County Brunswick County Museum

Brunswick Museum and Historical Society on Facebook

The Brunswick County Museum features exhibits and historical artifacts related to the history of Brunswick County, Virginia.  Collections include Indian Relics, the Governor Albertis Room and the Mrs. Alice Samford Room.  Visitors will see the Fort Christanna exhibit with displays of items from the archaeology digs made there.  Located at 228 Main Street in Lawrenceville, Virginia.

Fort Christanna Historical Site

Built in 1714, Fort Christanna was built to defend local settlers and the Indian tribes (Saponie and Occaneechee) who were allied with the English.  Located near Lawrenceville in Brunswick County, VA.

 

Buckingham County Historic Village at Lee Wayside

[Photo Gallery]

A living history village with costumed guides for tours of the Village. The Village is situated on 40 acres on which are several historical structures which include a tobacco barn, slate company office, a general store, a corn crib, smoke house, a one room schoolhouse, a post office and more.  Located at 84 Lee Wayside Road in Buckingham, VA.

The Housewright Museum

Housed inside a Jefferson era brick home, the museum features historical artifacts related to the history of Buckingham County along with historical books, genealogical records, and other documents of interest to researchers.  Located at 13012 West James Anderson Hwy in Buckingham, VA,

 

Campbell County

Avoca Museum  [History]

This lovely country Victorian house was built in 1901 after the original homes of the Charles Lynch family had been destroyed by fire.  The home has been beautifully restored and serves a museum dedicated to the history of the Altavista area.  Located at 1514 Main Street in Altavista, VA.

Campbell County Historic Courthouse Museum

[Courthouse Brochure]

The Museum is operated by the Campbell County Historical Society and features historical items and memorabilia related to the history of Campbell County.  Housed inside the beautiful old 1847-1848 Campbell County Courthouse, the museum is open by appointment. For appointments, contact Robert Merryman 434-821-1681 or Bevely Carwile Jr. 434-384-8208.  Located at 774 Village Highway in Rustburg, VA.

Green Hill Plantation

The 1797 plantation house is an historic landmark and is currently a private residence.  Address is Virginia Road Number 728, Long Island Vicinity, Campbell County, Virginia.

New London Museum

Friends of New London, Virginia, Inc on Facebook

[New London's Forgotten History]

Focused on the history of New London, Virginia, the New London Museum is striving to preserve what they can of the old town and educate the public about the heritage that is being lost.  Names like Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and Daniel Boone are tied into the history of New London.  Will soon be housed inside the 1763 Mead's Tavern, the museum is located at 594 Alum Springs Road in New London, VA.

Point of Honor  [History]  [Photos]

Erected in 1815 by Dr. George Cabell Sr., this lovely Federal style mansion is filled with period furnishings along with household items and artifacts found from the archaeological digs on the surrounding grounds.  Located at 112 Cabell Street in Lynchburg, VA.

Red Hill - Patrick Henry National Memorial 

[Tour Red Hill]  [Patrick Henry's Genealogy]

Visitors can take a step back in time and visit the lovely reconstructed home of Patrick Henry, see his grave and family artifacts.  Located at 1250 Red Hill Road in Brookneal, VA.

Willie Hodges Booth Museum

The museum features items of historical interest to the Brookneal, Virginia area.  Exhibits include relics of Jane Williams' archaeological digs in Indian Jim's Cave, military items from local veterans, tobacco heritage memorabilia and an extensive collection of historical photographs of the Brookneal area.  Housed in the back of the Patrick Henry Memorial Library located at 204 Lynchburg Avenue in Brookneal, VA.

 

Caroline County Caroline Historical Society Museum

Housed inside the Library on US 301 in Bowling Green, VA.

Historic Port Royal

[Historic Homes and Buildings]

 

Carroll County Carroll County Museum

The Carroll County Historical Society and Museum on Facebook

[1912 Courthouse Tragedy]

The Carroll County Museum is focused on the preservation and presentation of the history of Carroll County, Commonwealth of Virginia.  The museum is housed in the historical courthouse located at 515 N. Main Street in Hillsville, VA.

 

Charles City County

Berkeley Plantation

[History]

Site of the first official Thanksgiving in 1619 and the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison and President William Henry Harrison, Berkeley Plantation features costumed guides who take you on guided tours of the historical 1726 mansion and beautiful gardens overlooking the James River.  The museum includes a collection of Civil War artifacts and paintings by Sydney King.  Located at 12602 Harrison Landing Road in Charles City, VA.

Charles City County Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is housed inside the historic 1901 Charles City County Clerk's Office which is adjacent to the Charles City Courthouse.  The center provides visitors with information on what to see and do in Charles City County.  The center also features exhibits about Charles City's historic courthouse.  Located at 10760 Courthouse Road in Charles City, VA.

James River Plantations

There are actually several plantation homes along Virginia Route 5 in Charles City County, VA.  Sherwood Forest, Westover, Shirley, Evelynton and Berkeley.  Step back into yesteryear when you visit these lovely old plantation homes.

Kittiewan Plantation

Come visit this beautiful, 18th-century plantation and home of the
Archeological Society of Virginia in Charles City County, Virginia.
Highlighting collections from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and
archeological collections from across the Commonwealth, the house and
visitor center are a wonderful addition to the James River Plantation
tours. Open the second Saturday of the month and by appointment.
Located at 12104 Weyanoke Road in Charles City, Virginia.

Shirley Plantation   [History]

A working plantation home and private family home.  The home still contains some original furnishings, portraits and artifacts.  It is known as the most intact 18th century estate in the state of Virginia and tours ware offered.  Located at 501 Shirley Plantation Road in Charles City, VA.

 

Charlotte County Charlotte County Visitors Center and Museum of Charlotte County

The Museum of Charlotte County features exhibits and historic artifacts related to the history of Charlotte County, Virginia.  "Three Centuries, Three Statesmen" is a permanent exhibit devoted to the historic lives of Patrick Henry, John Randolph and David K. E. Bruce.  Located in the Old Jail on Courthouse Square at 125 David Bruce Avenue in Charlotte Courthouse, VA.

Central High Museum

The original Charlotte Training School was opened in 1928.  Today it is a museum with historical artifacts and materials for research and reference including old yearbooks, newspaper clippings, and publications by Central High graduates.  Located at 401 Thomas Jefferson Hwy in Charlotte Court House, VA. 

Drakes Branch Museum

The Drakes Branch Museum is housed inside the old 1906 State Bank of Charlotte County on Main Street. The museum features exhibits and historical artifacts related to the railroad, industries, churches, schools and farms that made up the community of Drakes Branch, Virginia.  Located at 4849 Main Street in Drakes Branch, VA.

Staunton River Battlefield State Park

[Battle of Staunton River Bridge]

[History of the Park]  [Park Map]

[Genealogy]  [Historic Documents]

The park features two visitor centers, walking tours and two wildlife observation towers.  The Clover Visitor Center focuses on the Clover Power Station, Wilson's Raid, the battle of Old Men and Young Boys, and home life in Southside Virginia during the war.  It is located at 1035 Fort Hill Trail in Randolph, VA.  The Roanoke Visitor Center is housed inside the century-old  Roanoke Station depot.  Visitors will find Native American artifacts which were excavated from the park and exhibits of Southern Railway memorabilia.  The Roanoke Station Visitor Center is located at 5998 Roanoke Station Road in Randolph, VA.  The Roanoke Station Visitor Center is only open seasonally and by request.  Other attractions inside the park include Mulberry Hill Plantation, The Staunton River Bridge, the Archaeological Digs Site, and an earthworks.

Walking Tour of Charlotte Court House

 

Chesterfield County Chesterfield County Museum

[The Genealogy Committee]  [Historic Sites Complex Map]

[History of Chesterfield]

The Chesterfield County Historical Society focuses on the preservation and exhibit of the history of Chesterfield County, Virginia.  The museum features a timeline of the 2nd permanent English settlement in the New World as well as artifacts and items related to the first cultivation of tobacco, ironworks, coal mines, hospital and more.  The 1892 Old Jail has been reopened and features exhibits related to the story of Law an Order in Chesterfield.  Other structures included in the Chesterfield County Museum Complex are the 1917 Courthouse, Castlewood, an 1817 plantation house and the  Magnolia Grange plantation house museum.  Located at 10201 Ironbridge Road in Chesterfield, VA.

Henricus Historical Park

[History of Henricus]  [James River Boat Tours]

Henricus Historical Park is a living history museum that is striving to re-create the second successful English settlement in the New World.  Operated by the Henricus Foundation in cooperation with Chesterfield and Henrico Counties.  Visitors will step back in time to the 1611 City of Henricus where there are 12 colonial structures and period dressed interpreters will bring history alive.  Located at 251 Henricus Park Road in Chester, VA.

Magnolia Grange

[Colonization of James River Plantations]  [The Gentry]

The 1823 plantation home of William Winfree stands today as a reminder of days gone by.  The house has been restored and now is a museum operated by the Chesterfield Historical Society.  A variety of living history programs bring history to life inside the grand old plantation home.  Located on the north side of Virginia Route 10 at 10020 Ironbridge Road in Chesterfield Court House.

Old Jail Museum Exhibit

The historic 1892 Old Jail has been re-opened in May 2011.  Exhibits of artifacts and photos are on display revealing the history of Law & Order in Chesterfield County.  Operated by the Chesterfield County Historical Society located at 10201 Ironbridge Road in Chesterfield, VA.

 

Clarke County Burwell - Morgan Mill

Established in 1785, the Burwell-Morgan Mill is the oldest operable merchant mill in the Shenandoah Valley.  Still a working mill, it is operated by volunteers.  Visitors to the mill will get a historical tour of the structure, water wheel and wooden gears plus enjoy the grinding of wheat and corn as it was done over 200 years ago in America.  The mill features beautiful landscaping and can be rented for events and weddings.  Located at 15 Tannery Lane in Millwood, VA.

Clarke County Historical Museum

[Library and Archives]

Housed inside the historic Coiner House, the focus of the museum is on the theme "Our Land is Our Legacy".  The museum features artifacts, exhibits and displays about the people who lived in Clarke County, Virginia through the years.  The Museum also holds an extensive archive of historical documents and materials related to Clarke County and the northern Shenandoah Valley in their genealogy research library.  Located at 32 East Main Street in Berryville, VA.

Josephine School Community Museum

[History]

Devoted to the preservation and celebration of Clarke County's African American heritage and history, the museum is housed inside the Josephine City School which was built in 1882 by former slaves and free colored people to provide their children with a grade school education.  Located at 303 Josephine Street in Berryville, VA.

Long Branch Historic House and Farm

[History]  [Weddings]

Built in 1811 Long Branch is one of the most historic and elegant antebellum houses in the lower Shenandoah Valley.  The house and grounds have been beautifully restored.  Seasonal events are held here and can be rented for weddings.  Located at 830 Long Branch Line in Millwood, VA.

 

Clifton Forge Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Heritage Center | Clifton Forge

Focused on the history of the C & O Railway and how it connected America together, the museum features exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of how our nation grew and honor the memory and contribution of all the railroaders who built the railroads.  The Center is also dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Clifton Forge, Virginia.  Located at 705 Main Street in Clifton Forge, VA.

 

Colonial Heights Fort Clifton

During the Civil War, this historical Confederate stronghold on the Appomattox River is located on a high bluff at the junction of the Appomattox River and Swift Creek.  The Fort was a formidable defensive bastion which wasn't taken by Union forces until the fall of Petersburg on April 3, 1865.  The Fort Clifton Festival is held here each year on Mother's Day weekend and includes Civil War exhibits and re-enactors.  Located behind Tussing Elementary School at 5501 Conduit Road in Colonial heights, VA.

Old Brick House

Owned and operated by the Old Brick House Foundation, the 1865 home is thought to be the oldest brick house in the region and maybe the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Tours are by appointment.  Contact: 804-520-9476.  Located at 131 Waterfront Drive in Colonial Heights, VA.

Violet Bank Museum

The Violet Bank Farm is situated on the north shore of the Appomattox River and overlooks Petersburg, Virginia making it the perfect place for Confederate General Robert E. Lee to make his headquarters during the Battle of the Crater.  Today the home is a museum and features an extensive collection of Civil War era artifacts and interprets the period of history from 1815 to 1873.  Listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Historic Landmarks, the home is of Federal Design and holds beautiful American decorative arts.  Located at 303 Virginia Avenue in Colonial Heights, VA.

 

Craig County Craig County Historical Society Museum and Library

[History of Craig County]

The museum is housed inside the historical Old Brick Hotel which was begun in 1840 and added to at later dates.  It has been restored by the Craig County Historical Society and features local antiques, a Genealogy Library and much history about the Craig County area.  Nearby are two log cabins; the Hawkins cabin and the Keffer log house.  Open seasonally and featured in the Craig County Fall Festival held each year.  Located in the Old Brick Hotel beside the Craig County Courthouse at 141 Court Street in New Castle, VA.

 

Culpeper County

Culpeper Visitors Guide

A free online guide to visiting historical Culpeper County.

Museum of Culpeper History

[Culpeper History]  [Genealogy]  [Historical Timeline]

Featuring 215 million year old dinosaur tracks, Native American village sites, exhibits about the famous Culpeper Minute Men, Civil War exhibits, an 18th century log cabin and a 4000 square foot Colonial Williamsburg designed brick facility which houses the primary exhibit galleries along with many more exhibits and artifacts related to the history of Culpeper, VA, the museum complex is located at the entrance to historic downtown Culpeper.  Located at 803 South Main Street in Culpeper, VA.

 

Dickinson  County Bundy Log House

This log house was actually constructed from two different log houses by using materials from one to restore the other one.  The Thomas Bundy cabin was built in 1790 and the 1769 cabin came from the old Henry Dickenson farm.  The log house is open to the public where they sell crafts made by local crafters.  Located at 24071 US HWY 58 in Castlewood, VA.

 

Dickenson County Visitors Center and Historical Society

The Dickenson County Visitors Center is housed inside a 1905 house which was previously known as Doc Phipps House.  Inside you will find racks of brochures and maps to help you find your way around Dickenson County and staff members to assist you.  Located at 194 Main Street in Clintwood, VA.

Ralph Stanley Museum

Focused on the history of traditional mountain music and the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley, the museum features an interactive musical journey.  Visitors will see, hear and learn about this style of mountain music through exhibits, displays and a collection of memorabilia from the life and career of Dr. Ralph Stanley.  Housed inside the 4-story Chase House built in 1904, the museum is located in Clintwood, VA.

 

Dinwiddie  County Dinwiddie County Court House and Historical Society

The 1851 Dinwiddie County Courthouse served Dinwiddie County until 1998 and was used as a headquarters for the Union during the Battle of Dinwiddie and the Battle of Five Forks.  Today it is occupied by the Dinwiddie County Historical Society and features a history museum.  Located at the junction of US Route 1 and Route 619 in Dinwiddie, VA.

 

Essex County

Blandfield Plantation

[History]  [Weddings]

Built between 1769 and 1773, this beautiful plantation house was built by Robert Beverley and named for Elizabeth Bland, wife of William Beverley, who built the first house located near the Rappahannock River and no longer stands.  The mansion has been restored to it's 18th century grandeur and today is used for weddings and receptions.  Tours may be scheduled.  Located on Beverley Lane in Caret, VA.

Essex County Museum & Historical Society

[Essex County History]

Housed inside the old Maddox-Dillard Building in the Colonial Revival style, the museum features exhibits and artifacts related to the rich and varied history of Essex County and the Tappahannock area of Virginia.  Visitors will browse items such as Civil War memorabilia, Rappahannock - Portabago Tribal and colonial era artifacts, photographs and artifacts from Saunders Wharf and the steamboat era and more.  Located at 218 Water Lane in Tappahannock, VA.

Tappahannock Historic Walking Tour

[Experience the Virtual Walking Tour]

Step back in time as you tour a 3 block area of the historical buildings found in Tappahannock's historic district.  Buildings include:

  • 1680 Scots Arms Tavern

  • 1706 Ritchie House

  • 1718 Henley House (Emerson's Ordinary)

  • 1728 Beale Memorial Baptist Church

  • 1760 Anderton House

  • 1763 McCall-Brockenbrough House

  • 1769 Old Debtor's Prison

  • 1800 Customs House

  • 1808 Old Clerk's Office

  • 1848 Essex County Courthouse where one can find the oldest historical records of Virginia.

  • 1850 St. John's Episcopal Church

  • 1850 St. Margaret's Hall

  • 1850 Roane-Wright-Trible House

St. John's Episcopal Church

[History]  [Stained Glass Windows]

Built in 1850, St. John's Episcopal Church has been receiving worshipers continuously since it was erected.  The beautiful church was built in the Carpenter Gothic style and features beautiful stained glass windows including a Tiffany.  Located at 216 Duke Street in Tappahannock, VA.

 

Fairfax County

Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim

Visitors will take a step back in time at the Historical site of Blehneim.  The site features the Civil War Interpretive Center where the history of this site during the Civil War is told with an illustrated timeline.  Other structures of historical significance on the site include an 1859 farmhouse with signatures, art and poetry on it's walls created by Union soldiers during the occupation of the Fairfax Court House area in 1862-63 during the Civil War.  Known as the "diary on walls", the house is open for tours.  Grandma's Cottage dating to 1840 is an original log house which was moved to the site in 2001.  Located at 3610 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax, VA.

Colvin Run Mill

[The General Store]

This 1811 water-powered mill has been restored.  Visitors can see the working mill in action and hear the stories about the the man whose ideas revolutionized the milling industry, the family that ran Colvin Run Mill for over 50 years.  Grinding demonstrations are offered seasonally.  Call for times.  703-759-2771.  Located at 10017 Colvin Run Road in Great Falls, VA.

Fairfax Museum & Visitors Center

[City of Fairfax History]  [Map of History]

[Historic Buildings and Sites]

The historical 1873 Fairfax Elementary School building is home to the Fairfax Museum and Visitors Center.  The museum features exhibits about the history of Fairfax and offers walking tours of Old Town Fairfax seasonally.  The Visitors Center provides folks with information about where to stay and what to do in Fairfax.  Located at 10209 Main Street in Fairfax, VA.

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum

[Local History]  [Photo Gallery]

The museum features exhibits and presentations related to Civil War history, railroading and the history of Fairfax Station, VA.  Located at 11200 Fairfax Station Road in Fairfax Station, VA.

Franconia Museum

[Map of Historic Sites in Franconia]

Devoted to the preservation of the heritage of the Franconia area, the Franconia Museum holds historical photos, artifacts and stories and shares them with the public.  Located at 6121 Franconia Road in Franconia, VA.

George Washington's Mount Vernon 

[Mansion Tour]

George Washington's 8000 acre plantation run by overseers and slaves has been preserved and restored so visitors may enjoy and appreciate the mansion, plantation and contained community today.  Located 16 miles south of Washington D.C. and 8 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, the plantation sits on the banks of the Potomac River.

The Gum Springs Museum

[Online Exhibits]  [Gum Springs Brief History]

The Gum Springs Historical Society's Museum & Cultural Center is focused on the preservation and interpretation of the history of Gum Springs, Virginia.  Located at 8100 Fordson Road in Gum Springs, VA.

Gunston Hall Plantation 

[Virtual Tour]  [Mason Family]

Home to George Mason (author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights), the beautiful Georgian style home was built ca 1755-1760 and features period furnishings, magnificent gardens, and rare breeds of livestock and domestic animals to provide the visitor a sense of what plantation life was like in Colonial times.  Located at 10709 Gunston Road in Mason Neck, VA.

Herndon Historical Society Museum

[Herndon Historic Walking Tour]

The historic Herndon Depot houses the Herndon Historical Society and Museum.  The Depot was built in 1857 as a stop on the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad.  In 1970 the Herndon Depot was restored with great care by the Herndon Historical Society.  Today the Depot is home to the Herndon Visitors Center and the Herndon Historical Society.  Located at 717 Lynn Street in Herndon, VA.

Historic Vienna

Operated by Historic Vienna Inc., Historic Vienna features historical structures with exhibits related to the history of Vienna, VA.  Structures include the Freeman Store and Museum and The Little Library.  Located at 131 Church Street NE in Vienna, VA.

Lee - Fendall House

Built in 1785, this urban plantation house was occupied by members of the family of Revolutionary War hero {Light Horse Harry) Lee for over 115 years.  The house was frequently visited by George Washington, served as a Union hospital annex during the Civil War and was used as a residence by United mine Workers union leader John L. Lewis.  Today the house and garden is a museum offering tours and may be rented for weddings and special occasions.  Located at 614 Oronoco Street in Alexandria, VA.

Pope-Leighey House

Designed by the famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Usonian house was designed for modern family life.  Commissioned in 1939 by journalist Loren Pope, the 1200 square foot house was built of wood, brick, glass and concrete.  Donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the house was moved from Falls Church, Virginia to the grounds of Woodlawn Plantation, the house may be toured by visitors.  Located on the grounds of Woodlawn Plantation at 9000 Richmond Highway (US Route 1) in Alexandria, VA.

Reston Museum

[Historic Reston]  [Virtual Exhibit]

Featuring exhibits telling the story of community life in Reston and an in-house archives of historical materials and objects, the museum is located at 1639 Washington Plaza at Lake Anne Village Historic District in Reston, VA.

Sully Historic Site

Built in 1799 by Richard Bland Lee, the main house at Sully is of Georgian and Federal Architecture.  The grounds include original outbuildings, reproduced slave quarters and gardens.  Guided tours are featured and inform visitors about the early 19th century life of the Richard Bland Lee family, the tenant farmers and enslaved African Americans along with much focus on the history of Fairfax County.  Located at 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly, VA.

Woodlawn Plantation

Originally part of the George Washington's Mount Vernon, Woodlawn is a 126 acre estate featuring a Federal-style house built between 1800 and 1805 for George Washington's nephew Major Lawrence and his bride, Eleanor (Nelly) Curtis Lewis.  The house was sold in 1846 and in 1896, the house was damaged by a hurricane.  In 1901, the house was purchased by the playwright Paul Kester and restoration was begun on the house.  Today, visitors can take a guided tour for the house and grounds.  Rental is available for weddings and special events.  Located at 9000 Richmond Highway (US Route 1) in Alexandria, VA.

 

Fauquier  County Old Jail Museum

The Fauquier Old Jail was built in 1808 and is one of the most perfectly preserved old jails in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Operated as a jail until 1966, the building today is used as a history museum focused on the history of the Town of Warrenton, Fauquier County and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Located at 10 Ashby Street in Warrenton, VA.

Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

[Park History]  [Park Map]

The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier features the history of the bloodiest conflict in America.  Visitors will learn about the Civil War soldiers who battled and died for their beliefs.  From the museum, visitors will take the pathway to Tudor Hall Plantation, an 1812 plantation house which is restored to wartime appearance and furnished with period antiques.  The Field Quarter features reconstructed buildings where the field slaves lived and visitors will learn about their history.  From there visitors will visit the field fortifications and military encampments of the soldiers.  The Battlefield Center is a museum focused on the April 2, 1865 attack which ended the Petersburg Campaign.  The Banks House is the house where Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant headquartered after the Breakthrough on April 2, 1865.  The main park entrance is located at 6125 Boydton Plank Road in Petersburg, VA.

 

Floyd County Floyd County Historical Society Museum

Housed inside the Ridgemont Hospital - Marie Williams House, the museum is operated by the Floyd County Historical Society and is dedicated to the preservation of Floyd County history.  Located at 217 N. Locust Street in Floyd, VA.

Floyd Historical Walking Tour

 

Fluvanna County

Holland Page Place

This log cabin was built in 1865 by John Benjamin Page.  It was donated to the Fluvanna County Historical Society in 1998.  The cabin has been restored to the period 1865 and tells the story of everyday farm life in Fluvanna post Civil War.  Open seasonally and by appointment.  Tours begin at Maggie's House.  Located at

Maggie's House

Home to the Fluvanna County Historical Society and the Fluvanna Archives which contains historic documents, photos, books, newspapers and other materials related to the history of Fluvanna County.  Located next to the Old Stone Jail Museum at 14 Jail Street in Palmyra, VA.

Old Stone Jail Museum

Built in 1828, the Old Stone Jail Museum was used as an early county Gaol.   In 1963, the historical building was opened as the museum to feature historical artifacts and exhibits related to the history of Fluvanna County, Virginia.  Located at 14 Stone Jail Street in Palmyra, VA.

Walking Tour of Historic Palmyra

[Fluvanna County History]

Get a printable image of the self-guided tour brochure through the historic village of Palmyra.

 

Franklin County

Blue Ridge Institute & Museum

Dedicated to the documentation of the folklore of the people who call the Blue Ridge Mountains home.  The museum is operated by Ferrum College and features gallery exhibits, the Blue Ridge Farm Museum, the Blue Ridge Heritage Archives and an annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival.  The galleries and Archives are open year round.  The Blue Ridge Farm Museum is open seasonally.  The Blue Ridge Institute and Museum is located on the west side of the Ferrum College campus.  All farm museum tours begin at the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum Building located at 20 Museum Drive in Ferrum, VA.

Franklin County Historical Society and Museum

Rocky Mount Historical District

The National Park Service offers this information about historical Rocky Mount, VA.  The Rocky Mount Historic District is located at the intersections of US Route 220 and VA Route 40, roughly bounded by Franklin, Maynor and E Court Streets, and Floyd and Maple Avenues.  Visit the Rocky Mount / Franklin County Community Partnership for Revitalization in the Old Train Depot located at 55 Franklin Street in Rocky Mount, VA for information about what to do while visiting Rocky Mount.

 

Frederick County

Abram's Delight - Hollingworth House

The Hollingsworth family settled this land ca 1728 and what began as a log cabin grew to be what was known as a mansion in the area.  The oldest home in Winchester has now been preserved and restored.  Available for tours which include a 1780 log cabin and the Hollingsworth Mill on the grounds.  Located at 1340 S. Pleasant Valley Road in Winchester, VA.

Belle Grove Plantation  [History]

The house was built in 1797 of limestone.  Situated on farmland, the plantation was built on grain and livestock.  Today, the house is virtually unchanged.  Through period furnishings and docent guides, the history and times of the late 18th and early 19th centuries will come alive for visitors to the plantation located at 338 Belle Grove Road in Middletown, VA.

George Washington's Office Museum

The George Washington Office Museum contains the little log building which was used by George Washington as an office while planning and having Fort Loudoun constructed.  The museum holds some of George Washington's personal effects.  Located at 32 West Cork and Braddock Streets in Winchester, VA.

Kenmore Plantation

[Kenmore History]  [Genealogy of Washington and Lewis]

Built by Fielding Lewis and Betty Washington (George Washington's sister), the beautiful Georgian-style mansion leaves a legacy behind to remind us of days gone by and the wealth of merchants in Fredericksburg.  Guided tours led by interpreters take the visitors back in time as they tour the first floor of the house and the beautiful gardens and grounds.  Historic Kenmore is located in historic Fredericksburg at 1201 Washington Avenue in Fredericksburg, VA.

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

[Photo Gallery]

Visitors will learn about the history of the Shenandoah Valley through galleries of exhibits.  Collections include decorative arts made in the Valley from the mid-1700s to present time.  The Glen Burnie historic house is also at this location.  The house is closed until 2014 for a preservation project but the beautiful gardens are open for self-guided tours.  Located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, VA.

Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters Museum

Built in 1854, this house served as Stonewall Jackson's headquarters during the Civil War.  The museum features artifacts which belonged to Jackson along with many other items of interest.  Located at 415 N. Braddock Street in Winchester, VA.

 

Fredericksburg City Central Rappahannock Heritage Center

[Search the Archives]

The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center Archives preserves historical documetns and photographs related to the history and people from the counties of Caroline, Stafford, King George and Spotsylvania along with the City of Fredericksburg in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Located at 900 Barton Street #111 in Fredericksburg, VA.

Ferry Farm - George Washington's Boyhood Home

[Ferry Farm History]  [George Washington's Boyhood]

Visitors will not find an actual home but rather the location of the site where Ferry Farm was located.  See where the Washington house stood overlooking the Rappahannock River.  Walk down the old ferry road, enjoy the hiking trails and 18th century gardens.  Archaeology digs are still under way at the site.  Located at 268 Kings Hwy in Fredericksburg, VA.

Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center

[Online Exhibitions and Photos]

The mission of the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center is to collect, preserve, interpret and present the history, culture and heritage of the area of Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The museum is filled with historical artifacts, documents, photographs, Native American historical items and cultural objects significant to Fredericksburg, it's parent county Spotsylvania and the surrounding counties of Stafford, King George and Caroline.  Located at 1001 Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg, VA.

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park on Facebook

[Park Brochures]  [Battle Histories]

America's battleground - Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania.  This is where the Civil War reached a crescendo with 4 major battles.  More than 85,000 men were wounded and 15,000 killed - most in unknown graves.  There are two visitors centers where you may begin your tour of the park:

  1. Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center located at 1013 Lafayette Blvd in Fredericksburg, VA.

  2. Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center located at 9001 Plank Road in Fredericksburg, VA.

  3. Wilderness Battlefield doesn't have a visitor center but is located at the intersection of Route 3 and Route 20 in Locust Grove, VA.

  4. Spotsylvania Battlefield doesn't have a visitor center but the entrance is located on Route 613, Brock Road, approximately two miles northwest of the community of Spotsylvania.

Each of the above visitor centers will provide an orientation film with exhibits about the Civil War battles and materials to help you find your way around the park.  Visitors can take a driving tour or self guided walking tour of the Civil War battlefields.  In spring and summer months, the park offers guided walking tours.  The Stonewall Jackson Shrine is located at 1219 Stonewall Jackson Road in Woodford, VA.

James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library

The museum is focused on the life and times of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States.  Featured, is a large collection of artifacts and documents related to James Monroe.  Housed inside a building which stands on the land where James Monroe's law once stood, the museum is located at 908 Charles Street in downtown Fredericksburg, VA.

 

Giles County Giles County Historical Society Museum

[Genealogy]

Housed in the 1829 Andrew Johnston Home, the museum's mission is to preserve and present historical artifacts, documents, photographs and records pertaining to the history of Giles county, Virginia.  The Giles County Historical Society features a research room for those interested in local history and genealogy.  Located at 208 North Main Street in Pearisburg, VA.

 

Gloucester County

Gloucester Museum of History

The Gloucester Museum of History is housed inside the former Botetourt Hotel which was built in the eighteenth century as a roadside tavern or ordinary, known as John New's Ordinary.  The museum features exhibits and historical artifacts related to the history of Gloucester County.  Located at 6539 Main Street in Gloucester, VA.

Rosewell Ruins

[History Timeline]

This once graceful mansion stands in ruins today and is being preserved by the Rosewell Foundation.  Construction of this fine home began in 1725 and was home to the Page family. John Page (grandson of the builder) was a constituent to Thomas Jefferson.  The historic home withstood the march of time through the Civil War and the hard times of reconstruction afterwards.  Tragically, a fire left it in ruins in 1916.  The Rosewell Visitor Center features an exhibit hall, gift shop and an archaeology lab.  Visitors can take self-guided tours using maps obtained from the Rosewell Visitor Center.  Picnic tables are provided in the area surrounding the ruins of Rosewell, a once stately mansion on the banks of the York River.  Located at 5113 Old Roswell Lane in Gloucester, VA.

 

Goochland County The Old Stone Jail

The jailhouse was built in 1833 of local river stones brought from along the James River.  Today the Old Stone Jail is home to the Goochland Historical Society.  Open by appointment.  Call 1-804-556-3966.  Located on the Goochland County Courthouse Green in Goochland, VA.

 

Grayson County Historic 1908 Courthouse

[Courthouse History]  [Photos]

Serving Grayson County, Virginia as the Art & Cultural Center, the historical Grayson County Courthouse houses the Crossroads Museum, the Baldwin Auditorium and a girt ship.  The Grayson Crossroads Museum features exhibits of historical artifacts spanning the history of Grayson County and surrounding regions.  The Vault (a literal records vault for Grayson County records) holds household items from days gone by.  Located at 107 E. Main Street in Independence, VA.

 

Greene County Greene County Historical Society Museum

[Greene County History]  [Genealogy]  [Photo Gallery]

The Greene County Old Jail holds the Greene County Historical Society Museum.  The museum features historical artifacts, photographs, genealogies, histories and other materials related to the people and history of Greene County, Virginia.  Located next to the Greene County Courthouse at 38 Court Street in Stanardsville, VA.

Vietnam War Foundation and Museum

Vietnam War Foundation & Museum on Facebook

Focus of the Vietnam War Foundation is to collect and preserve historical vehicles, artifacts, weapons and memorabilia of the Vietnam War and era.  They strive to educate children and the general public about the Vietnam War.  Located at 6265 Spring Hill Road in Ruckersville, VA.

 

Greensville County Greensville - Emporia Historical Museum

Located at 419 S. Main Street in Emporia, VA.

Village View Mansion

Village View on Facebook

Built in the 1790s the Village View Mansion House has withstood the Civil War and seen a lot of history.  The mansion has been restored and is filled with historical furnishings.  It reflects Southside Virginia rural family life in the 1830s.  Call 804-634-8687 or 804-634-2475 for a guided tour.  Located at 221 Briggs Street in Emporia, VA.

 

Halifax County Halifax County War Memorials

[Names on the Memorial]

This memorial is dedicated to the memory of those brave men and women who answered their country's call to arms in wars and conflicts from the American Revolution through Desert Storm.  There are 734 soldiers from Halifax County, Virginia who made the supreme sacrifice. Their names are inscribed on the monument.  Located in Downtown Halifax, VA.

L. E. Coleman African-American Museum

Striving to collect and preserve the art, history and culture of African Americans with particular emphasis on Halifax County, Virginia.  Located at 3011 Mountain Road in Halifax, VA.

Old Halifax County Virtual Tours

South Boston - Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History

Dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of historical items, antiques, works of art and documents which are historical related to the heritage of Halifax County and Southside, Virginia, the museum features a military exhibit, an American Indian gallery, and many other exhibits of historical artifacts.  The Research Center, on the museum premises is a place to for local history and genealogy researchers.  Located at 1540 Wilborn Avenue in South Boston, VA.

 

Hampton

Aberdeen Gardens Historic Museum

The Aberdeen Garden Historic Museum is focused in the history and heritage of historical Aberdeen Gardens.  The historic neighborhood was built for African Americans in 1934 under Franklin D. Roosevelt's homestead project "New Deal Settlement"  Located at 55 & 57 N. Mary Peake Blvd in Hampton, VA.  Call 757-243-3452 or 757-722-2345.

Fort Monroe National Historic Landmark District

[National Park Service - National Historic Landmark - Fort Monroe]

Fort Monroe has been one of America's major military posts from the time of it's establishment.  Constructed between 1819 and 1834, the fort was used extensively by the Union during the Civil War.  The fort was used as a Civil War Prison from 1865-1867 during the Civil War and was the site of imprisonment for the Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  Located in Fort Monroe, Hampton VA.  See Directions.

Fort Monroe Casemate Museum

Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum on Facebook

Fort Monroe is the largest stone fort in the USA.  Completed in 1834, it is one of the most historic places the Army offers to visitors.  The Casemate Museum features old military uniforms and supplies.  Of particular historical interest is Jefferson Davis' prison cell and Robert E. Lee's living quarters.  Fort Monroe was decommissioned in 2011 and declared a National Monument.  Located at 151 Bernard Road in Hampton, VA.

Hampton History Museum

Hampton History Museum on Facebook

[History]  [Virtual Tour]  [History Timeline]

Hampton Heritage

The Hampton History Museum works to collect, preserve and increase awareness and understanding of the history of Hampton which was formed from a merging of the Town of Hampton and Elizabeth City in 1952.  Located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Hampton, VA.

Hampton University Museum

[Collections]

The Hampton University Museum is one of the oldest museums in the state of Virginia and the oldest African American museum in the USA.  Housed in the Huntington Building (the former library) on the grounds of the historical Hampton University, the museum holds over 9000 objects related to the history of the University.  Located at 11 Frissell Avenue, Hampton University in Hampton, VA.

Little England Chapel

This Virginia State and National Historic Landmark was built ca 1879.  The African American missionary chapel today features exhibits about the religious lives of post-Civil War African Americans in Virginia.  Located at 4100 Kecoughtan Road in Hampton, VA.

Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruises

Visitors will enjoy a narrated tour of the famous Hampton Roads Harbor where the Battle of the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia occurred.  See Chesapeake Bay, stop at the historic Fort Wool island fortress, review the mighty warships at Norfolk Naval Base and see where Blackbeard the Pirate's head was mounted on a post.  Located at 710 Settlers Landing Road in Hampton, VA.

St. John's Episcopal Church

[History]  [Cemetery]  [Photos]

The Church was established in 1610 at Hampton Roads which became called Kecoughtan after the name of the friendly Kecoughtan Indians.  In 1619, England took possession of the area and it was renamed Elizabeth City in honor of the daughter of King James I.  Today it is part of the City of Hampton.  The present Church building has been in existence since 1728.  It is the oldest continuous English-speaking parish in the United States.  The historical graveyard is particularly interesting.  The stained glass windows are beautiful.  Visitors are welcome to attend services on Sunday and Thursday mornings.  Guided tours are offered by appointment - 757-722-2567.  Located at 100 West Queen's Way in Hampton, VA.

 

Hanover County The Ashland Museum

The Ashland Museum is focused on showcasing the rich historical and cultural heritage of Ashland, Virginia.  Located at 105 Hanover Avenue in Ashland, VA.

Hanover Tavern

[History of the Tavern]

Hanover Tavern is a colonial era tavern which has survived the march of time.  Once visited by George Washington, Lord Cornwallis and Marquis de Lafayette the historical Tavern today features a museum, Civil War exhibits, a theater and a self guided audio tour.  Located at 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road in Hanover, VA.

Historic Polegreen Church

The birthplace of religious freedom in Virginia.  Located at 6411 Heatherwood Drive in Mechanicsville, VA.

 

Harrisonburg Civil War Orientation Center

The Harrisonburg Rockingham Civil War Orientation Center is housed in the historic Hardesty-Higgins House where visitors can learn about the Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and learn more about the historic sites and museums in the area.  Located at 212 South Main Street in Harrisonburg, VA.

Harrisonburg Fire Department Museum

The museum features historical fire memorabilia, equipment, uniforms, photographs and other historical firefighting items.  Located on the third floor of the Public Safety Building at 101 N. Main Street in Harrisonburg, VA.

Hostetter Museum of Natural History

The museum exhibits over 6000 artifacts and specimens including everything from Native American items to Ancient Egyptian artifacts.  Located on the campus of the Eastern Mennonite University at 1200 Park Road in Harrisonburg, VA.

Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center

[Photos]  [Breneman-Turner Mill]

The CrossRoads Heritage Center features exhibits and a video about the settling of the Shenandoah Valley by the Brethren and Mennonites during pioneer days, Civil War times, and the early 1900s school and mission work in the mountains of western Virginia.  Guided tours through the Burkholder-Myers House, Wash House, a Blacksmith Shop and the 1904 Whitmer School/Cove Church are featured and reveal the history of the Brethren-Mennonite people who settled here.  The Heritage Center builds on  the foundation of Jesus Christ.  Located on Garbers Church Road in Harrisonburg, VA.

The Valley Turnpike Museum

The Valley Turnpike Museum  explores the history of the road known by many names.  The historic route was formed in 1834 by the Valley Turnpike Company runs through the Shenandoah Valley from Winchester to Staunton. The newest exhibit is the 1862 Harrisonburg and Engine 199 which portrays Harrisonburg in the early part of the Civil War.  Located inside the Hardesty-Higgins House at 212 South Main Street in Harrisonburg, VA.

The Virginia Quilt Museum

[Warren-Sipe House History]

Housed inside an 1856 Warren-Sipe House, the Virginia Quilt Museum features contemporary, antique and historic quilts.  A room with Civil war era quilts tell about the story of the informal hospital which was in the residence during the Civil War.  A collection of antique sewing machines are also on display.  Located at 301 South Main Street in Harrisonburg, VA.

 

Henrico County

Agecroft Hall

Amazingly, this Tudor estate was originally built in Lancashire, England in the late 15th Century and was home to the Langley and Dauntesey families.  In 1925, Agecroft was sold at auction to Thomas C. Williams Jr. who bought it, had it dismantled and shipped to Richmond where it was reassembled.  Today, Agecroft Hall still stands and is a museum offering guided tours.  Located at 4305 Sulgrave Road in Richmond, VA. 

James River Plantations

Maymont

Maymont is a 100 acre American estate and home to James and Sallie Dooley from 1893 to 1925.  Today it is a historical house museum,  an arboretum, formal gardens, a carriage collection, a Japanese gardens and extraordinarily beautiful grounds.  Located at 2201 Shields Lake Drive in Richmond, VA.

The Museum of the Confederacy  [Explore the Museum]

The White House of the Confederacy has been restored and is one of the most beautiful historic buildings in America.  Built in 1818, the exterior is of gray stucco and has been home to many wealthy families since it's role as the Executive Mansion of the Confederate States of America.  During the American Civil War, the home was occupied by Confederate President Jefferson Davis along with his wife and children.  Guided tours are offered daily.  Visitors will find a massive collection of Confederate artifacts, period decor inside the mansion and a research library filled with materials for the study of the Confederacy and it's role in the American Civil War.  Located at 1201 E. Clay Street in Richmond, VA.

Richmond National Battlefield Park

Richmond Railway Museum 

[Richmond Rail History]  [Photos]

Virginia Historical Society and Museum

Virginia Holocaust Museum

Wilton House Museum

Step back in time to the 18th century in this James River Plantation house.  In the Colonial American style, this home was built ca 1753 for William Randolph III Wilton a tobacco planter.  Renowned visitors to the home include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette.  This fine home was purchased and moved to its current site by the Virginia Society of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in 1933.  Furnishings include period textiles, glass, ceramics and silver which reflect the lifestyle of Virginia planters of the mid 18th century.  Located at 215 Wilton Road in Richmond, VA.

 

Henry County

Fairy Stone State Park

Martinsville - Henry County Historical Society Museum

Martinsville - Henry County Heritage Center & Museum on Facebook

[History]  [Photos]

Housed inside the historical 1824 Henry County Courthouse, the museum is devoted to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history of Martinsville and Henry County.  Located at 1 E. Main Street in Martinsville, VA.

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Located at 21 Starling Avenue in Martinsville, VA.

 

 

Highland County The Highland County Museum at the Mansion House

[The Mansion House: A Landmark of McDowell]

[McDowell Battlefield]

The Mansion House was built in 1851 by George Washington Hull.  The house has seen a lot of history and was even used as a headquarters to the Union army and a hospital during the Battle of McDowell on May 8, 1862.  Today, the Mansion House is home to the Highland County Historical Society and the Highland County Museum and Heritage Center.  The museum features antiques and artifacts related to the history of Highland County, Virginia and features a room dedicated to the Battle of McDowell during the Civil War.  Located at 161 Mansion House Road in McDowell, VA.

 

Isle of Wight County

Boykins Tavern Museum

Historic Boykin's Tavern is the only surviving structure associated with the Isle of Wight Courthouse of 1800.  Situated on one of the oldest thoroughfares in Virginia (Route 258 / Courthouse Highway), the tavern provided travelers with accommodations during the 18th and 19th centuries.  Many Virginia leaders frequented the Tavern.  Today Boykin's Tavern may be toured.  Located at 17130 Monument Circle in Isle of Wight, VA.

Fort Boykin Historic Park

Fort Boykin is an extremely well preserved piece of Civil War history.  The Fort sites high on a bluff overlooking the James River.  The fort is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Located at 7410 Fort Boykin Trail in Smithfield, VA.

Fort Huger

[Video Tour of Fort Huger]

This Civil War fort was established in 1861 to block approach by and land or river to the Confederate capital in Richmond, Virginia.  Signs and interpretive panels allow visitors to enjoy Fort Huger by self-guided tour.  Located off Route 10 at 15080 Talcott Terrace in Smithfield, VA.

Isle of Wight County Museum

The Isle of Wight County Museum is focused on the preservation of local Isle of Wight County history and features exhibits and artifacts pertaining to Native Americans, Colonial times, prehistoric fossils and the Smithfield ham industry.  Located at 103 Main Street in Smithfield, VA.

 

James City County

 

 

 

Colonial National Historical Park

[Photo Gallery]

Explore historic Jamestowne where America began, the Yorktown Battlefield where the last major battle of the Revolutionary War was fought, and drive the Colonial Parkway which connects Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown.  Situated on over 10,000 acres and designated as a National Historical Park in 1936, the park features the beautiful Colonial Parkway which is free of commercial development and was created just for visitors to drive through this area of American History.  Walk n the footsteps of Captain James Smith and Pocahontas, see the archaeological discoveries of this site and visit the two Visitor Centers to learn more about the history of this American Historical Area.  The Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center is located at 1000 Colonial Parkway in Yorktown, VA.  The Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center is located at 1368 Colonial Parkway in Jamestowne, VA.

Colonial Williamsburg

[History of Williamsburg]  [Ticket Options]

[Online Exhibits]   [Historical and Genealogical Research]

Step back in time as you discover Colonial Williamsburg.  Visitors will discover 35 exhibition sites, 16 trade shops, beautiful gardens, museums and often times there are special events.  Begin this historical adventure at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center located at 101 Visitor Center Drive in Williamsburg, VA.

Museums at Colonial Williamsburg include:

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

[Online Exhibits]

Featuring exhibits of American folk art, the museum displays paintings, carvings, toys, and needlework created by Colonial and contemporary artists and craftspeople.  Located at 326 West Francis Street in Williamsburg, VA.

Bassett Hall

The two story 18th century house known as Bassett Hall, was home to John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller during the early restoration of the Williamsburg Historic Area which was financed by them.  The house and gardens appear as they did in the 1940s.  Admission to Bassett Hall is included in the Colonial Williamsburg admission pass.  Bassett Hall is located at 522 East Francis Street in Williamsburg, VA.

DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

The museum features an extensive collection of American and British antiques including furniture, metals, ceramics, glass, paintings, firearms and textiles from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  Located at 326 West Francis Street in Williamsburg, VA.

Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center

[History of Jamestown]

Both of these are operated by the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center Foundation. 

  • Jamestown Settlement - In historic Jamestown, visitors can visit the Powhatan Indian Village where they will learn about the Powhatan Indians and the story of Pocahontas.  See the recreated Jamestown Settlement Ships where they will learn about the difficulty of the four-and-a-half-month voyage of the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery, the ships that brought the English colonists to Virginia in 1607. Walk through the recreated James Fort and learn what life was like in the 17th century.  Historical interpreters will guide you through the blacksmith shop, allow visitors to engage in sewing, meal preparation, and work on the tobacco crops.  The Jamestown Settlement is located at 2110 Jamestown Road.

  • Yorktown Victory Center - Visit the 1780s Virginia farm where you an see what life was like for rural farmers in the beginning times of America.  The living history farm allows visitors to join in the tasks of gardening, combing cotton, breaking flax into fiber and learn how to use herbs in cooking and for medicines.  Learn about growing tobacco in the colonial days of America.  A new museum is coming to the site in 2016.  The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will educate visitors on the war with the British and American freedom.  The Yorktown Victory Center is located at 200 Water Street in Yorktown, VA.

 

King and Queen County King and Queen County Courthouse Tavern Museum

[History Timeline]  [Courthouse Green Historic District Map]

Operated by the King and Queen County Historical Society, the Courthouse Tavern Museum at the King and Queen Court House features exhibits related to the history of King and Queen County, the history of the Courthouse Tavern building and the Courthouse Green Historic District.  A public library and archives filled with King and Queen County history are also maintained.  Visitors will find a restored log schoolhouse and a small carriage house which holds a 100 year old buggy.  Located at 146 Court House Landing Road in the King and Queen CH, VA.

 

King George County King George County Museum and Research Center

[King George County History]

The King George County Museum is focused on the heritage of King George County.  The King George County Historical Society maintains the museum and features exhibits of historic artifacts including prehistoric, Revolutionary War and Colonial, Civil War and Twentieth Century.  The Research Center on the premises is open to the public during museum hours.  The Research Center holds a collection of books and published genealogical information along with files of family histories.  Housed inside the Old Jail the museum is located at 9483 Kings Highway in King George Courthouse.

 

King William County Chelsea Plantation

The centerpiece of Chelsea Plantation is the elegant 1709 Georgian manor house.  Steeped in history, this historic house has seen troops of General LaFayette during the Revolutionary War in 1764, the birth of Robert E. Lee's grandma, and even visits from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.  Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, Chelsea Plantation is the 2nd oldest Virginia Plantation still open for tours.  Located at 874 Chelsea Plantation Lane in West Point, VA.

Elsing Green

[History]

Believed to be built sometime between 1715 and 1720, The lovely Queen Anne manor house and grounds which overlook the Pamunkey River may be viewed by appointment and is available for rental for weddings and events.  Located at 1048 Elsing Green Lane in King William, VA.

Historic St. John's Church

[History of St. John's Church]  [Photos]

Completed sometime between 1732 and 1734 and the structure remains almost exactly as it was when built.  It has been beautifully restored.  Regular Church services are no longer held in the Church but it is available for weddings and special events.  Located at 103 St. John's Church Lane in West Point, VA.

King William County Historical Museum

[Photo Tour]  [King William County History Timeline]

The King William County Museum features historical artifacts and exhibits related to the history of King William County.  Located inside the old Circuit Court Clerk's office at 227 Horse Landing Road in King William, VA.

Mattiponi Indian Museum

The Mattaponi Indian Museum is focused on the preservation of the traditions and customs of the Mattaponi Indian Tribe.  The Mattaponi Indian Tribe was once a part of the Powhatan Confederacy along with 34 tribes totaling over 10,000 people led by Chief Powhatan.  Visitors to the museum will learn about the tribe's past.   Located on the Mattaponi Indian Reservation at 1467 Mattaponi Reservation Circle in West Point, VA.

Pamunkey Indian Museum

The Pamunkey Indian Museum was built to resemble the houses of the ancient Pamunkey.  The museum is the only documented history of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe who has lived here since the Ice Ages.  Laid out like a historical timeline, the museum exhibits take you from the Ice Age to present age as details of the Pamunkey Tribal history is told.  Located at 175 Lay Landing Road in King William, VA.

West Point, Virginia Virtual Museum

 

Lancaster County

Belle Isle State Park

Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library

[1835-1865 Lancaster County Estate Records Database]

Devoted to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history of Lancaster and the surrounding counties of the counties of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Along with historical artifacts and exhibits, the collections of the museum include several historical buildings in the village of Lancaster Court House.  The Genealogy & History Library has a vast holding of historical documents, manuscripts, books, published records and books available to researchers.  Located at 8346 Mary Ball Road (Route 3) in historic Lancaster Court House, VA.

 

Lee County Long Hollow Log School Museum

The log school was built prior to 1858 and today is used as for heritage preservation.  Located in Jonesville, VA.  Contact: 540-346-0173 for information.

Wilderness Road State Park

[Wilderness Road State Park Brochure

[Martin's Station Photo Gallery]

[Karlan Mansion]

[Map and Directions]

The historical Wilderness Road is a route carved out by Daniel Boon in 1775.  Inside the park, visitors will find Martin's Station, a replica of the original colonial fort which was established near this site in 1775 and the 1877 Karlan Mansion.  Living history is presented in the park during the summer months with costumed interpreters depicting the lives of colonial frontiersmen.  The visitor's center features exhibits related to the history of the Wilderness Road and Fort.  The Karlan Mansion is unfurnished by may be rented for events.  The park is located at the intersection of Route 58 (Wilderness Road) and Route 923 (Martin's Station Trail) in Ewing, VA.

Also See Martin's Station - Where history is brought to life by costumed interpreters at Martin's Station, a reconstructed fort which retraces the history etched by Captain Joseph Martin in Powell's Valley.  A museum at the site features historical artifacts found in the vicinity of Wilderness Road, paintings, first hand accounts of those that traveled Daniel Boone's path, a life sized diorama depicting the signing of the Treaty of Sycamore Shoals and other exhibits related to this historical place.

 

Loudoun County Heritage Farm Museum

The Heritage Farm Museum is a hands-on museum of agriculture where visitors can see live demonstrations of techniques and learn about the history of farming in Loudoun County, Virginia.  Located at 21668 Heritage Farm Lane in Sterling, VA.

Loudoun Museum

Loudoun Museum on Facebook

[History of Loudoun County]

Focused on the history of the people of Loudoun County, the museum features exhibits of tools, toys, and treasures made and used by Loudoun County residents.  The collections number nearly 8000 historical artifacts.  Housed in two 19th century buildings in historic downtown Leesburg at 16 Loudoun Street, Leesburg, VA.

Loudoun Museum Log Cabin

This project of the Loudoun Museum is housed inside a 1760 Stephen Donaldson log cabin.  Help is needed to resume this project!  Located at 14 Loudoun Street SW in Leesburg, VA.

Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum

Occupying a historic building known as "The Butcher Shop", the museum is focused on the local history of Lovettsville and the German Settlement.  Holdings include historical artifacts, documents and a research library.  Located at 4 East Pennsylvania Avenue in Lovettsville, VA.

Morven Park

[History]  [Civil War Living History Program]  [Visitors Map]

The 1200 acre park used to home to Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis.  Today, the park features the historic mansion, three museums, equestrian center, and holds festivals, equestrian competitions, and Civil War re-enactments throughout the year.  Located at 17263 Southern Planter Lane in Leesburg, VA.

Museum of Hounds and Hunting North America

Housed in a mansion at Morven Park, the museum strives to preserve the art, artifacts and memorabilia of the centuries-old-sporting tradition of fox hunting.  Located at 17263 Southern Planter Lane in Leesburg, VA.

Winmill Carriage Museum

This museum located inside Morven Park features antique vehicles used from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s.  buggies, coaches, a Hansom Cab, a sprinkler wagon are just a few of the collection of over 120 carriages.  Located at 17263 Southern Planter Lane in Leesburg, VA.

 

Louisa County Old Jail Museum

Housed inside the old 1868 jailhouse , the museum features historical artifacts and items related to the history of Louisa County, VA.  Located next to the Louisa County Courthouse in Louisa, VA.

The Sargeant Museum

Operated by the Louisa County Historical Society, the Sargeant Museum is housed inside the 1914 Sargeant-Petit House.  Exhibits tell the story of Louisa county and it's place in American history.  The Louisa County Historical Society is headquartered inside the house.  Located at 214 Fredericksburg Avenue in Louisa, VA.

 

Lynchburg City

Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum

Built in 1903 by Edward Spencer, the house was home to Anne Spencer (poet, civil rights activist, teacher, librarian, wife, mother and gardener) for 72 years.  Open to the public for tours.  Located at 1313 Pierce Street in Lynchburg, VA.

Dicks / Elliott House

[History]

Discover Lynchburg

Legacy Museum

Focused on preserving African American history, the museum exhibits explore what life was like in Central Virginia for African Americans before and during the Civil War.  The exhibits also explore African American history during the Post Civil War era.  Located at 403 Monroe Street in Lynchburg, VA.

Lynchburg Museum at The Old Court House

[Historic Photographs of Lynchburg]

Take a step into the past and see the history of the Monocan tribes, early Quaker settlers and explore the heritage of the historic city of Lynchburg.  Housed in the Old Court House built in 1855, the museum is filled with treasures of days gone by.  Located at 901 Court Street in Lynchburg, VA.

Old City Cemetery

[Old City Cemetery History]  [Cemetery Burial Database]

The City Cemetery was established in 1806 and is the oldest public cemetery in Virginia still in use today.  The Old City Cemetery is free and open to the public every day (weather permitting).  There are 5 museums on the grounds. 

Old City Cemetery Museums include:

  • Hearse House and Caretakers Museum - The museum features an antique hearse which was owned by W. D. Diuguid, a funeral director and embalmer from the second oldest funeral home in the USA.  Other items include antique wagons and tools used to care for the cemetery along with an exhibit of gravemarkers.

  • Station House Museum - A C&O Railway train depot which served Stapleton, Virginia from 1897-1937.  It features exhibits related to the railroad history in Lynchburg.

  • Pest House Medical Museum - The Pest House (House of Pestilence) was the first hospital in Lynchburg.  Located at the edge of town on land next to the Old City Cemetery, it was once the place where folks were quarantined with infectious diseases such as smallpox, cholera and scarlet fever in the middle 1800s.  The museum holds an antique operating table, medical instruments dated to the 1860s and other historical medical equipment and supplies.

  • Chapel and Columbarium - Old City Cemetery's newest museum honors the many religious leaders buried here since 1806.  The Chapel and Columbarium were built in 2006 to commemorate the Cemetery's bicentenary.

  • Mourning Museum - One small room of the Cemetery Center features exhibits about 19th and 20th century mourning customs in America with displays of mourning attire, hairwork jewelry and other funerary information from the past.

All five of these museums are located on the grounds of Old City Cemetery located at 401 Taylor Street in Lynchburg, VA.

Sandusky House and Civil War Museum

The historical home was built ca 1808.  The formal Federal style house is now over 200 years old and was associated with the Civil War Battle of Lynchburg.  It is being preserved and restored for use as a museum.  Tour by appointment.  Located at 757 Sandusky Drive in Lynchburg, VA.

 

Madison County

Arcade Museum

Operated by the Madison County Historical Society, the Arcade Museum is housed in a small historical brick building.  The exhibits are devoted to the history of life in Madison County, Virginia.  There is a nice collection of Native American artifacts and a research room is located on the upper level where a collection of genealogies of Madison families, histories and historic photos are kept.  Located at 124 North Main Street in Madison, VA.

Kemper Mansion  [Kemper Family History]

The 1851 home has seen many owners and was used as classrooms by the University at one time.  The notable owner for whom the mansion is named is James Lawson Kemper, a Confederate Civil War Soldier and later Governor and attorney.  Today, the home has been restored, furnished in period style and houses a historical museum which is open on special occasions.  Located on Main Street at the North end of Madison, VA.

Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive

Start at the Madison County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at 110 N. Main Street #A in Madison, VA.

 

Mathews County Gwynn's Island Museum

Focused on the history of Mathews County, Gwynn's Island Museum features exhibits and displays of many historical artifacts and personal histories.  Housed inside a 100-year-old Odd Fellows Lodge located on Route 633 on beautiful Gwynn's Island, VA.

Mathews Maritime Museum

The museum is focused on the preservation of the maritime and cultural heritage in Mathews.  Located at 482 Main Street in Mathews, VA.

 

Mecklenburg County Boyd Tavern  [History]

Originally constructed in 1790, Boyd Tavern has been a landmark in the Boydton community for over 200 years.  449 Washington Street, Boydton, VA.

Clarksville Regional Museum

Dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of historical items and artifacts related to the history and culture of Clarksville.  Located at 801 West Street in Clarksville, VA.

Prestwould Plantation

Built in the mid to late 1700s, the impressive home is 2 stories with a full basement and attic.  The mansion was home to Baronet Sir Peyton Skipwith and Lady Jean Skipwith and remained in the Skipwith family for many generations until 1914.  Located just outside of Clarksville, VA, scheduled tours of the grounds are offered.

 

Middlesex County Middlesex County Museum

[Museum History]  [Middlesex County History]

The Middlesex County Museum is one of the oldest county museums in the state of Virginia.  Covering over 400 years of local history through exhibits, objects and historical artifacts, the museum has been recently remodeled and will provide visitors a look into the early times of Middlesex County, Virginia.  Visitors will view fossils, Indian artifacts, 19th Century textiles and clothing, a 1930s country store, agricultural and industrial tools, historical money, toys, and medical instruments.  Stories of the past include African American history and military war history.  Operated by the Middlesex County Historical Society.  Located at 777 General Puller Highway - across the street from Puller Park just one block from the historic courthouse square in Saluda, VA.

 

Montgomery County

Coal Mining Heritage Park

Meadowbrook Museum

The Meadow Museum Branch of the Montgomery Museum is located in the Meadowbrook Center and holds historic artifacts, documents and photos related to the history of the eastern portion of Montgomery County, Virginia.  Located at 267 Alleghany Spring Road in Shawsville, VA.

Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center

[Montgomery County History]  [Blacksburg History]  [Christiansburg History]

[Pepper House History]   [Lewis Miller]

Housed in the ca 1852 Christiansburg Presbyterian Church Manse known as Pepper House, the museum focuses on the preservation, exhibition and interpretation of the history of Montgomery County along with the display of art and the encouragement of artists with emphasis on local artists.  Located at 300 South Pepper Street in Christiansburg, VA.

Smithfield Plantation 

[History]  [Smithfield Library]  [Virtual Tour]

[Are you related to the Prestons or Smithfield?]

Step back in time as you tour the Smithfield Plantation with period interpreters and learn what life was like on the frontier.  Once the home to Colonel William Preston and family, it has been preserved by the Montgomery County Branch of Preservation Virginia and is considered the region's most important historic site.  Located at 1000 Smithfield Plantation Road in Blacksburg, VA.

The Wilderness Road Regional Museum

The museum is housed inside what was originally two historic homes.  One was built in 1816 by Adam Hance, founder of Newbern.  The other is a log structure built in 1810 and used as a dwelling, tavern, store and post office.  Newbern, Virginia is itself on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.  The exhibits, artifacts and documents are related to 19th century life along the Wilderness Road.  Located at 5420 Wilderness Road in Dublin, VA.

 

Nansemond County

The Historic Obici House

This 1870s farmhouse was moved to the present location by the Nansemond River in 1925.  Mr. Omedeo Obici built a 7000 square foot showplace around the original house.  Today, it has been leased by the Rountree family along with the surrounding Sleepy Hole Golf.  Available for special events.

The Phillips-Dawson House

The Phillips-Dawson House is a beautiful French Second Empire home built by Horace B. Phillips in the 1880s.  Over the years, additions have been made to the home has increased in size with additions.  It was purchased by the Dawson family in 1941 and remained in the family until 2002 when it was left to the Suffolk Nansemond Historical Society.  Today it is the headquarters of the Suffolk Nansemond Historical Society and continues to be preserved and restored.

Riddick's Folly

[History of the Riddicks]  [History of the Home]

The beautiful Greek Revival style home was built in 1837 by Mills Riddick.  The home has 4 stories and twenty one rooms with 16 fireplaces.  Open to the public, guided tours are offered.  Located next door to the Suffolk Visitors Center in the old Courthouse at 510 North Main Street in Suffolk, VA.

The Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum

[History]

The 1885 Seaboard Railroad Station has been restored by the Suffolk Nansemond Historical Society and is today a museum devoted the railroad history of the area.   Located at 326 N. Main Street in Suffolk, VA.

 

Nelson County

Oakland

Nelson County's Museum of Rural History

[History of the House]

The Nelson County Museum of Rural History is housed in "Oakland", a historic house built circa 1838 and operated as an ordinary (inn and tavern).  A portion of the historic structure has been restored to the 1840 period as a typical ordinary/tavern and is being furnished with period furnishings.  The museum is focused on the history of Nelson County and the state of Virginia.  Located at 5365 Thomas Nelson Highway in Arrington, VA.

Oak Ridge Estate

[History]

This 200 year old mansion has it's beginnings in 1802 as a small Federal style house and has had additions in the 1900s making it a 50 room mansion.  Rentals are available for weddings and special events.  Oak Ridge is being restored and tours are offered.  Located at 2300 Oak Ridge Road in Arrington, VA.

Walton's Mountain Museum

The museum features replicas of rooms pictured in the television series "The Waltons" which aired in the 1970s.  The creator of The Waltons, Earl Hammer grew up across the street from the museum location.  Located at 6484 Rockfish River Road in Schuyler, VA.

Woodson Mill

A 200 year old water-powered working mill which produces stone-ground all natural meals and flour.  The historic mill is located at 3211 Lowesville Road in Roseland, VA.

 

New Kent County New Kent History Museum at The Old Jail

The museum is features collections of historical artifacts, documents and photographs for historical research and preservation.  Home to the New Kent Historical Society, the New Kent History Museum is housed inside the Old Jail at Courthouse Square in New Kent, VA.

 

Newport News

Endview Plantation

[Endview Plantation History]  [Harwood History]

Learn about Endview Plantation and Civil War history at Endview.  Guided tours are offered in the 1769 Georgian style house built by William Harwood.  Special events feature Civil War re-enactments.  Located at 362 Yorktown Road in Newport News, VA.

Lee Hall Museum

[History]  [Photo Gallery]

Built between 1851 and 1859, the mansion was once home to prominent planter Richard Decatur Lee.  Lee Hall is one of the last remaining antebellum homes on the Virginia Peninsula.  The historic house was used during the Civil War as a Confederate headquarters.  On display are many historical artifacts.  Located at 163 Yorktown Road in Newport News, VA.

Mariners Museum

One of the largest museums of maritime history is in Newport News.  Featuring over 60,000 square feet of gallery space with displays of rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War USS Monitor artifacts, paintings and many more exhibits of maritime memorabilia and historical items.  Located at 100 Museum Drive in Newport News, VA.

The Newsome House

The Newsome House is a Queen Anne style house built in 1899 by J. Thomas Newsome.  The museum is devoted to black culture and heritage.  Located at 2803 Oak Avenue in Newport News, VA.

Old Warwick County Courthouse

The tiny courthouse was built ca 1810 and served Warwick County, Virginia until the latter part of the 19th century.  It is included in the complex with the 1884 Warwick County Courthouse which is home to the Tidewater Genealogical Society.  Located at 14421 Old Courthouse Way in Newport News, VA.

Virginia War Museum

[Photo Gallery]  [Exhibits]

Visitors will learn about the military history of America through historical artifacts, weapons, uniforms, vehicles and memorabilia.  Located at 9825 Warwick Blvd in Newport News, VA.

U.S. Army Transportation Museum

[Fort Eustis History]

Focused on U.S. Army transportation from colonial days to present time, the museum features almost 7000 objects along with exhibits. 

Located:

300 Washington Blvd.

Besson Hall

Fort Eustis, VA 23604

 

Norfolk County Chrysler Museum of Art

[Museum Photo Tour]  [Glass Making Classes]

Featuring 62 galleries for over 30,000 works of art from round the world, The Chrysler Museum of Art is home to one of America's great art collections.  The museum has a large collection of glass and even features a glass studio that provides free daily demonstrations.  The Jean Outland Chrysler Library is open to researchers and museum visitors during regular hours and features an extensive collection of volumes related to the history of art.  Located at 245 West Olney Road in Norfolk, VA.

Hampton Roads Naval Museum

The Naval Museum is an official museum of the US Navy where visitors can learn about over 225 years of naval history.  Located at One Waterside Drive, Suite 248 in Norfolk, VA.

Hunter House Victorian Museum

Hunter House was built in 1894 for the James Wilson Hunter family.  Eloise Hunter, a descendant of this family lived in the house and she created the Hunter Foundation and turned the house into a museum.  Opened for tours in 1988, the house holds restored original furnishings.  Located at 240 W. Freemason Street in the Historic Freemason District of Downtown Norfolk, VA.

MacArthur Memorial Museum

[Virtual Tour]

The MacArthur Memorial features a museum and research center focused on the preservation and presentation of the life and times of Army General Douglas MacArthur.  The Memorial pays tribute to millions of men and women who served with General MacArthur in WWI, WWII and the Korean War as well.  The museum itself, is housed in the former city hall and courthouse built in 1850.  The archives and research library holds over 5000 volumes, 86,000 documents, historical photographs, films and other items concerning General MacArthur, his times and his associates.  Admission, tours and activities are all free.  Located in MacArthur Square in downtown Norfolk, VA.

The Moses Myers House

[Moses Myers Family]  [Barton Myers]

The Moses Myers House was one of the first brick homes built in Norfolk after the Revolutionary War.  Remaining in the Myers family for many years, the home was restored in 1892 by Barton Myers.  The home still contains many furnishings original to the Myers family.  Located at 323 E. Freemason Street inn Norfolk, VA.

Nauticus

[Online Exhibits and Photos]  [Nauticus Webcam]

Nauticus is home to Battleship Wisconsin.  Exhibits at Nautical include interior tours of Battleship Wisconsin,   the Schooner Virginia, and maritime exhibits related to history of the area and Maritime Commerce along with many other changing exhibits.  Located at One Waterside Drive in Norfolk, VA.

The Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby Baylor House

The Willoughby Baylor House was built in 1794 by Captain William Willoughby.  The house remained in the hands of descendants of the Willoughby family for over a hundred years and was sold in 1890.  When the house was slated for demolition, it was purchased and restored by the Norfolk Historical Foundation.  Today, the museum features many treasures and objects related to the history of Norfolk.  Located at 601 E. Freemason Street.

The Norfolk Police & Fire-Rescue Museum

The Norfolk Police Department is one of the oldest Police Departments in U.S. history.  The NPD was established in 1797 and the Norfolk Fire-Rescue in 1871.  There are museums devoted to the preservation and documentation of both of these organizations.  The museums features exhibits of early photographs, badges, uniforms, police equipment, fire rescue equipment and other historical items of interest.  Both museums are located at 401 E. Freemason Street in Norfolk, VA.

Norfolk Southern Museum

[History]

Focus is on the history of the railroads in Virginia which ultimately formed to create the current Norfolk Southern Railroad.  Located at 3 Commercial Place in Norfolk, VA.

 

Northampton County

Barrier Islands Center

The Barrier Islands Center is dedicated to the preservation of the culture and history of the Virginia Barrier Islands.  The Almshouse Farm provides visitors a look at the culture and living conditions of the rural poor in the 19th century south.  The Barrier Islands Museum features exhibits detailing the history, culture, and artifacts of these abandoned islands.  Located on Virginia's Eastern Shore at 7295 Young Street in Machipongo, VA.

Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center

Cape Charles Museum on Facebook

[Cape Charles Historic Walking Tour]

With focus on the history of Cape Charles and the surrounding area of Virginia, the museum is operated by the Cape Charles Historical Society.  Located at 814 Randolph Avenue in Cape Charles, VA.

 

Northumberland County

Northern Neck Farm Museum

Visitors will experience what life was like for Northern Neck farmers of Virginia and the history of agriculture in the region.  Located at 12705 Northumberland Highway in Heathsville, VA.

Northumberland County Old Jail

Rebuilt in 1843 after a fire in the 1839 jail building, the Old Jail is being renovated by the Northumberland County Historical Society which is headquartered in the Ball Memorial Library and Museum located next door to the Old Jail.  Visitors can visit the Old Jail at 86 Back Street in Heathsville, VA.

Reedville Fisherman's Museum

[History]  [The Fleet]

The Reedville Fisherman's Museum is dedicated to preserving the maritime history of the lower Chesapeake Bay area and the menhaden industry that existed in Reedville for over a century.  The museum features historical artifacts and items related to the fisheries, fishermen and watermen who called Reedville.  Two historic vessels are on display: The Claud W. Somers and the Elva C., both on the National Register of Historic Places.  The museum properties include: The 1875 Walker House, The Covington Building and The Pendleton Building.  Located at 504 Main Street in Reedville, VA.

 

Nottoway County Crewe Railroad Museum

[History of Crewe]  [Museum Displays]

Designed as a halfway point between Norfolk and Roanoke, Virginia, the town of Crewe was planned out and built in 1888 by the Norfolk & Western Railroad.  The museum is housed in a building similar to the original Crewe Passenger Station.  The museum holds historic artifacts, photos and memorabilia donated mostly by the residents of Crewe.  Located at 111 West Virginia Avenue in Crewe, VA.

Robert Thomas Carriage Museum

[Virtual Tour at YouTube]

The museum features a over 30 completely restored horse drawn vehicles.  Vehicles include a hearse, sleigh, wagons, buggies and various others on display in a carriage house setting.  Guides and interpretive signs help visitors learn more about the horsedrawn era.  Historic items related to early travel include lap robes, harness, and tools of the carriage industry.  Located at 217 North High Street in Blackstone, VA.

Schwartz Tavern

Blackstone's oldest building is Schwartz Tavern.  The license to operate the Tavern was issued in May 1798.  The tavern was operated by the Schwartz family until the 1830s.  By this time the property and acreage had grown to a complex of businesses.  The tavern was used as a private residence in the 1900s and then left unoccupied.  Schwartz Tavern is open for informal tours.  Located at 100 Tavern Street n Blackstone, VA.

 

Orange County

James Madison Museum

[James Madison Bio]   [Dolley Madison Bio]   [Exhibits]

Featuring exhibits about the lives of James and Dolly Madison.  In addition to the effects of President James Madison, there are many historical artifacts and memorabilia of other past US Presidents.  Located at 129 Caroline Street in Orange, VA.

James Madison's Montpelier

Montpelier is a c1820s mansion which was home to James and Dolly Madison.  Montpelier has been restored and preserved.  The Montpelier estate features the mansion, gardens, historic buildings,  archaeological sites, and exhibits.  The US Constitution was begun by James Madison in the library of this house, who is known as the "Father of the Constitution".  Begin your tour at the Visitor Center located at 11395 Constitution Highway in Montpelier Station, VA.

Memorial Foundation of Germanna Colonies of Virginia

[History of Germanna]

Begin your visit to the Germanna Colonies at the Germanna Visitor Center.  There is a library at the Visitor Center where genealogical materials are kept.  Located near where the original German immigrants settled and lived, the site features beautiful grounds near the site of the original Germanna Fort was built.  The active archaeology site of the Enchanted Castle is nearby.  Located at 2062 Germanna Highway in Locust Grove, VA.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Built in 1833-1834, St. Thomas Episcopal Church features several Tiffany stained-glass windows.  The Church was attended by General Robert E. Lee.  Located at 119 Caroline Street in Orange, VA.

 

Page County Car and Carriage Caravan Museum

The museum features authentically restored cars, carriages, coaches and costumes dated from 1725 to 1941.  The museum is included with admission to the Luray Caverns.

Luray Caverns

[History]

Luray Caverns were discovered in 1878.  Visitors today can view the inside of the caverns from lighted, paved walkways lead by tour guides.  Located at 101 Cave Hill Road in Luray, VA.

Luray Valley Museum

[Virtual Tour]

The museum features several historical and reconstructed buildings on seven acres to be representative of a small 19th century farming community.  Many of the artifacts are on display in the Stonyman log building where visitors will find historical documents, displays and exhibits chronicling the area from Native peoples to life in the 1920s.  Located at 970 US Hwy 211 W in Luray, VA.

 

Petersburg Blandford Church

[Blandford Cemetery]  [The Blandford Poem]  [Info and Photos]  [More info and Photos]

Built in 1735, the Church was abandoned in 1806.  In 1901, The Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg began restoration and a campaign to make a memorial to the Confederate soldiers from each state of the Confederacy.  The Church today features 15 memorial compass windows designed by Comfort Tiffany.  Tours are offered.  Visitors can walk or drive through the enormous Blandford Cemetery where over 30,000 Confederate soldiers are interred and the earliest grave marker is dated 1702.  Located at 319 South Crater Road in Petersburg, VA.

Centre Hill Museum

The mansion was built in 1823 by Robert Bolling IV.  The house has been restored and features guided tours where visitors will learn about the history of Centre Hill which has seen much Petersburg history and view exhibits related to the history of Petersburg.  Located at 1 Centre Hill Court in Petersburg, VA.

Petersburg Visitors Center (Farmers Bank)

Farmers Bank opened in Petersburg in 1817 in a 3 story Federal style brick building.  The bank closed after the Civil War in 1866 and became a private residence.  Today it has been restored and preserved.  Operated as the Petersburg Visitors Center and features the first floor as it would have looked in the days when it was a bank.  Located at 19 Bollingbrook Street in Petersburg, VA.

Siege Museum

The museum is housed in the historic 1839 Exchange Building.  Focused on the interpretation of civilian life in Petersburg before, during and immediately after the Civil War.  Through artifacts, documents and photos, visitors will learn about this period of history in Petersburg with special emphasis on the ten-month siege of Petersburg.   Located at 15 W. Bank Street in Petersburg, VA.

 

Pittsylvania County Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History

[Mrs. W. T. Sutherlin Recalls Jefferson Davis' visit]

Housed inside the historic Sutherlin Mansion built in 1859 on Millionaires Row in Danville, Virginia, the house served as the last Capitol of the Confederacy  when Jefferson Davis resided in it from April 3-10, 1865.  The museum features exhibits about the development of the Confederate government and the instrumental part played by Danville in the Confederate cause.  The museum has three changing art galleries.  Located at 975 Main Street in Danville, VA.

Tank Museum

The Tank & Ordnance War Memorial Museum is operated by the American Armoured Foundation, Inc.  Located at 3401 US Highway 29B in Danville, VA.

 

Portsmouth Lightship Portsmouth Museum

The ship is a National Historic Landmark and today, features a museum.  Exhibits include historic artifacts, uniforms, photos, models and other items related to the history of the ship.  Located at Water and London Streets on the Portsmouth,  Virginia Waterfront.

Olde Towne Portsmouth

[Museums and Galleries in Olde Towne Portsmouth]

[Map of Olde Towne Portsmouth]

The area known as the original plat of Portsmouth delights visitors with history, museums, galleries, charm, shopping and dining.  Located at the 12 historic squares of High Street in Portsmouth, VA.

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Housed inside the historic 1846 Courthouse, the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center is located at 400 High Street in Portsmouth, VA.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum

Visitors will learn about the history of the oldest and largest naval shipyard in America through exhibits and artifacts.  The shipyard was originally founded in 1767 as the Gosport Shipyard and was changed during the Civil War to the Norfolk Navy Yard.  Located at 2 High Street on the Portsmouth waterfront in Virginia.

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

Honoring the Commonwealth of Virginia's greatest sports legends.  Located at 206 High Street in Portsmouth, VA.

 

Prince Edward County

Heartland Regional Visitor Center and Transportation Heritage Museum

Housed in the historic 1915 Moore Building, the Heartland Regional Visitor Center and Transportation Heritage Heritage Museum features exhibits related to the rich heritage of Farmville and the surrounding area.  Located at 121 E. Main Street in Farmville, VA.

Historic Sites in Prince Edward County

Moton Museum

The Robert Russa Moton Museum is focused on the the 1954 Brown decision and the sacrifice of the Prince Edward County and families who played a part in the Civil Rights Movement which moved American from a segregated society to an integrated society.  Located at 900 Griffin Blvd. in Farmville, VA.

Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park

[Park Map]  [Sailor's Creek Battlefield Brochure]

The historical site is where Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia lost 7,700 men in the battles of Sailor's Creek, leading the way to his surrender at Appomattox Court House.  The Overton-Hillman House, used as a field hospital during and after the battle is open to visitors seasonally.  Located at 6541 Saylers Creek Road in Rice, VA.

 

Prince George County Prince George County Regional Heritage Center

Prince George County Regional heritage Center on Facebook

[Prince George County History]

Housed in the 1883 Prince George County Courthouse, the Heritage Center features exhibits and artifacts detailing the story of Prince George County.  Located at 6406 Courthouse Road in Prince George, VA.

US Army Quartermaster Museum

[Museum History]

Focused on the preservation of the history and heritage of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps, the museum features historical artifacts and exhibits detailing the role the Quartermaster Corps has played in sustaining American soldiers since 1775.  Located at 1201 22nd Street in Fort Lee, VA.

 

Prince William County

Belle Aire Plantation

Home of the Benjamin Grayson family and descendants needs your help to save Belle Aire Plantation from destruction!  Contact Terry and Martha Lawson at 912-262-0431.

Ben Lomand Historic Site

Built in 1832, the historic site has been restored and is open seasonally.  Located at 10321 Sudley Manor Drive in Manassas, VA.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center

[Virtual Tour at YouTube]

Serving as the county seat for Prince William County from 1822-1893, Brentsville today is a interpreted through a 25 acre historic park where 5 historical buildings are located.  Buildings include the 1822 courthouse, 1822 jail, 1874 Church, an 1850 log house and a 1928 one-room schoolhouse.  Self guided tours are available every day.  Guided tours are offered seasonally.  Located at 12229 Bristow Road in Bristow, VA.

Freedom Museum

The museum features exhibits, artifacts, photos and memorabilia related to U.S. military involvement in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century.  Located in the Main Terminal of Manassas Regional Airport at 10400 Terminal Road in Manassas, VA.

Haymarket Museum

[The Burning of Haymarket, Virginia]

House in the old Town Hall, the Haymarket Museum The museum is focused on the history of the town of Haymarket and the 1862 fire set by Union Troops during the Civil War which destroyed a way of life.  Located at 15025 Washington Street in Haymarket, VA.

Liberia Plantation

Built in 1825 on 1660 acres, the Liberia Plantation house was known as "Brick House and was valued at $2876 when built.  The house has stood witness to much history.  Today, the house is open for special events.  Located at 8601 Portner Avenue in Manassas, VA.

Manassas Museum

[Museum Exhibit Photo Gallery]

The museum features 7000 square feet of exhibits, artifacts, documents, videos and images which interpret Northern Virginia Piedmont history.  The McBryde Library and Archives is also housed inside the Manassas Museum.  Located at 9109 Prince William Street in Manassas, VA.

Manassas National Battlefield Park

[Photos & Virtual Tour]  [History & Culture]

The park features historic sites, scenic vistas and walking trails.  Begin your visit at the Henry Hill Visitor Center where you will view a 45 minute film about the First and Second Battles of Manassas and find artifacts and exhibits related to the First Battle of Manassas.  Located at 6511 Sudley Road in Manassas, VA.

Manassas Railroad Depot

The Manassas Railroad Depot holds the James and Marion Payne Memorial Railroad Heritage Gallery which features artifacts and historic photographs related to railroad history in Manassas.  Located at 9431 West Street in Manassas, VA.

Merchants Mill Museum

[History of the Mill House]

This grain mill was the first automated grist mill in the U.S.  It operated for over 175 years milling the grain taken from ships and barges as they came in.  A fire destroyed the mill leaving on the office which today houses a museum.  Located at 413 Mill Street in Occoquan, VA.

National Museum of the Marine Corps

[Interactive Museum Map of Exhibits]

Visitors will experience American history through the eyes of individual Marines across a span of 235 years through artifacts and exhibits.  Located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway.

Prince William County Visitor Center

The place for tourists to find information about what to do while in Prince William County.  Located at 200 Mill Street in Occoquan, VA.

Rippon Lodge

Built ca1747, Rippon Lodge was recently restored and is open to the public seasonally.  Located at 15520 Blackburn Road in Woodbridge, VA.

Weems-Botts Museum

Visitors to the museum will learn about the history of Colonial Dumfries, the oldest chartered town in Virginia.  The museum is housed inside a structure which is over 250 years old.  Located at 3944 Cameron Street in Dumfries, VA.

 

Pulaski County

Wilderness Road Regional Museum

This historical museum is housed inside what began as a hewed log house built in 1810 by Adam Hance on the Wilderness Road.  Adam Hance laid off the first 28 lots on Wilderness Road which was the beginnings of Newbern, VA.  Today the Wilderness Road Museum is housed inside the buildings built and joined together by the Hance family.  Located on over 6 acres, the museum property also holds other historical buildings including the Loom House, an old barn and old granary.  Located at 5240 Wilderness Road (Route 611) in Newbern, VA.

 

Rappahannock County

Rappahannock Historical Society and Museum

Housed inside one of the oldest structures in Rappahannock County, the Rappahannock Historical Society operates a library, museum and gift shop.  The museum contains historical artifacts related to the history of Rappahannock County and the library has documents, family files and records to help researchers find their family history.  Located at 328 Gay Street in Washington, VA.

Shenandoah National Park

Theatre at Washington

Town of Washington

The Town of Washington is the original Washington which was founded by 17 year old George Washington in 1749.  The entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Richmond City

The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia

[Jackson Ward and the African-American Heritage Walking Tour]

[Research]

The museum is housed in an 1832 house built by German descendant Adolph Dill.  Exhibits inside the museum are focused on the visual, oral and written records as well as artifacts commemorating the lives and accomplishments of Blacks in Virginia.  Located in the historic Jackson Ward district at 00 Clay Street in Richmond, VA.

Edgar Allen Poe Museum

[Virtual Tour]  [Who is Edgar Allen Poe?]

Housed in the Old Stone House, the museum features exhibits about the life of Edgar Allen Poe and his many works.  Located in Old Town Manchester at 1914 E. Main Street in Richmond, VA.

John Marshall House

Occupied by the Great Chief Justice John Marshall and his wife Polly from 1790 to 1835, the house remained in the Marshall family until 1911 when it was sold to the City of Richmond.  Today, the house is being preserve and is available for tours.  Located in the historic Court End at 818 East Marshall Street in Richmond, VA.

Maymont

[Virtual Tour]

May Mont, the historical estate features not only tours of an 1893 mansion and estate but there are beautiful gardens, wildlife exhibits and a children's farm.  Rentals are available for special events and weddings.  Located at 1700 Hampton Street.

Museum of the Confederacy - Richmond

[View Richmond Video]

The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond features 3 floors of exhibitions, personal belongings from soldiers and civilians, uniforms, flags, and military equipment from battles, most of General Lee's campaign possession and many historic images, documents and artwork from the Confederate era.  Located at 1201 E. Clay Street in Richmond, VA.

Richmond National Battle Field Park

Visitors to the battlefield will learn about the battles which took place here.  The park harbors dozens of miles of original fortifications and a large Confederate hospital.  Begin your visit and explore 3 floors of Civil War exhibits at the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredgegar Iron Works located at 470 Tredegar Street in Richmond, VA.

The Valentine Richmond History Center

[Online Database Collections]

The Valentine Museum is over 110 years old itself and features a large collection of art and historical artifacts.  Devoted to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the City of Richmond history, the museum is located in the heart of historic downtown Richmond and includes the 1812 Wickham House, a National Historic Landmark.   Walking and bus tours of the city are available from the museum and an Archives holds historic papers, photographs, documents and files for those researching genealogy, the Civil War, and building history.  Located at 1015 E. Clay Street in historic downtown Richmond, VA.

Virginia Holocaust Museum

[Photos]

Educates visitors about the Holocaust.  Not recommended for small children.  Located at 3000 E. Cary Street in Richmond, VA.

Virginia House Museum

[Virtual Tour]  [History of the Gardens]

Virginia House was built in 1928 just prior to the stock market crash for Alexander and Virginia Weddell.  It was built of materials from a 16th century English manor house.  The house, which is surrounded by beautiful gardens, is being preserved by the Virginia Historical Society as a museum and features original ornate furnishings.  Open by appointment and for special events.  Located at 4301 Sulgrave Road in Richmond, VA.

The Virginia War Memorial

Focus is on honoring Virginia veterans, preserving history, educating youth and inspiring patriotism in all.  Located at 621 S. Belvidere Street in Richmond, VA.

White House for the Confederacy

[History of the White House of the Confederacy]

[Jefferson Davis History]

[White House Informational Video]

The executive mansion of Jefferson Davis has been restored to it's Civil Wartime appearance, when it was headquarters to the Confederacy.  Visitors are taken on a guided tour of the mansion where Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy and his family lived.  Located at 1201 E. Clay Street just steps away from the Museum of the Confederacy in the historic Court End neighborhood in downtown Richmond, VA.

Wilton House Museum

Wilton House is an 18th century James River Plantation house overlooking the James River.  Built ca 1753 for William Randolph III on a 2000 acre tobacco plantation.  Home to the Randolph family for over a century, such figures as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette were visitors to the plantation.  The house was moved to is current site by the Virginia Society of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in 1933.  Today, the beautiful home is preserved and features an impressive collection of 18th and 19th century furnishings and decorative arts.  Located at 215 S. Wilton Road in Richmond, VA.

 

Richmond County

Richmond County Museum

The Richmond County Museum is housed in the 1872 old jailhouse on the Courthouse Green.  The museum is devoted to the preservation of the history of Richmond County from prehistoric times to present day.  Collections include Rappahannock Indian artifacts and exhibits related to the signer of the Declaration of Independence, Francis Lightfood Lee.  Located at 5874 Richmond Road in Warsaw, VA.

 

Roanoke County / City of Roanoke

Harrison Museum of African American Culture

Harrison Museum of African American Culture on Facebook

The Harrison Museum is committed to the cultivation of awareness and appreciation of the important contributions of people of African descent in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia.   Located at 20 Church Avenue, SE in Roanoke, VA.

History Museum of Western Virginia

The History Museum of Western Virginia is focused on the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history of the southwestern region of Virginia.  Housed in Roanoke's Center in the Square in the 1914 renovated McGuire Warehouse, the museum holds the largest repository of material devoted to tracing the human history of Western Virginia.  Located at 128 Campbell Avenue in Roanoke, VA.

O. Winston Link Museum

Celebrating the photography of O. Winston Link with a collection of over 300 images and railroad memorabilia, the museum is focused on the Norfolk and Western project.  Located at 101 Shenandoah Avenue in Roanoke, VA.

Salem Museum & Historical Society

[Williams-Brown House]  [History of Salem]

[Walking Tour of Historic Salem]

The Salem Museum is operated by the Salem Historical Society and features exhibits and artifacts related to the history of Salem, Virginia.  The museum is housed in the 1845 Williams-Brown house which was relocated to the site and an expansion added to provide space for the growing collections of the museum.  Located at 801 East Main Street in Salem, VA.

Taubman Museum of Art

Located at 110 Salem Avenue SE in Roanoke, VA.

Vinton Historical Society & Museum

Housed inside the historic Upson House built in 1899, the museum features thousands of historic items related to the history of Vinton and the surrounding communities within the Roanoke Valley.  Located at 210 E. Jackson Avenue in Vinton, VA.

Virginia Museum of Transportation

The museum is focused on all modes of early transportation in Virginia but has special emphasis on the history of Roanoke's rich railway heritage.  Located at 303 Norfolk Avenue SW in Roanoke, VA.

 

Rockbridge County

The Natural Bridge

Designated as a Virginia Historical Landmark and a National Historical Landmark, the Natural Bridge area offers many attractions which include a zoo, Natural Bridge Wax Museum, the Natural Bridge Caverns, Foamhenge, Escape from Dinasaur Kingdom, and Professor Cline's Haunted Monster Museum.  Located in Natural Bridge, VA.

 

Rockingham County

The Daniel Harrison House

Also known as Fort Harrison, the Daniel Harrison House is the oldest house in Dayton, Virginia and one of the oldest in Rockingham County.  The historic house was built in 1749 by Daniel Harrison, the first settler of Dayton and brother to Thomas Harrison, founder of Harrisonburg.  In it's early days, the house was a refuge from Indian attacks on the settlers.  After passing through many owners over the years, the house was purchased in 1977 by Fort Harrison Inc.  Today, the historical home is open to visitors seasonally.  Located on Cook's Creek just north of downtown Dayton, VA.

The Heritage Museum

[Online Databases]

Operated by the Harrison - Rockingham Historical Society, the museum is focused on the collection, preservation and presentation of the heritage of the Shenandoah Valley.  The museum features exhibits related to local history along with an Archives of historical photos, documents and genealogical materials.  Located at 382 High Street in Dayton, VA.

Reuel B. Pritchett Museum

The museum is part of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library at Bridgewater College.  Artifacts collections include American Civil War, Native American, The Rev. Reuel B. Pritchett Church of the Brethren collection and items related to early pioneer life.  Located in Cole Hall, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA.

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields

[History]  [Maps and Directions]

Preserving the Valley's Historic Civil War Landscapes.

 

Russell County Cleveland Virginia History and Heritage Museum

Housed in the old Cleveland Elementary School, the museum features historical photos and information about the history of Cleveland, Virginia.  Located at 504 Artrip Road off of Route 661 in Cleveland, VA.

Dante Coal Mining and Railroad Museum

[Dante Roots]  [Dante Coal Miners Memorial]

Visitors to the Dante Coal Mining and Railroad Museum will enjoy exhibits of coal and railroad memorabilia donated by residents of Dante.  The museum is inside the former 1919 Dante Branch of the Dickenson County Bank located at 30 Straight Hollow Road in Dante, VA.

Honaker Heritage Museum

Located at 5738 Redbud Way in Honaker, VA.

Old Russell County Courthouse

Built in 1799, the stone courthouse was once the county courthouse for Russell County, although it sits in Wise County now.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Virginia Landmark as well.  It has been restored and is open to the public.  There is a log house on the premises that is open for local craft sales.  Located on Route 58A in St. Paul, VA.

 

Scott County

Bush Mill

The historic water powered grist mill has been restored and is operational.  It is currently opened and operated on festival days and for special events.  Located at the intersection of VA 380 (Twin Springs Road) and VA 681 (Bush Mill road) just two miles outside of Nickelsville, VA.

The Homeplace Mountain Farm and Museum

Features a collection of authentic historic structures and artifacts which were moved to this location, restored and furnished to period.  The 1860s replica of a working farm brings the the history of Scott County rural people to life.  Classes in traditional crafts of yesteryear are offered.  Located 12 miles north of Meadowview Convention Center on Highway on Route 224 in Gate City, VA.

Natural Tunnel State Park

The tunnel was created by glacier activity and the walls show evidence of prehistoric life and many fossils can be found inside.  Located about 13 miles north of Gate City on Route 871.

 

Shenandoah County

Hotel Keller Memorial Museum

[Hottel - Keller Genealogy]  [History]

[Hottel-Keller Historical Sites in Shenandoah County]

Hottel-Keller Memorial Inc. operates the Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum which is located at the original Keller Homestead.  The homestead was purchased via a land grant from Lord Thomas Fairfax in 1750.  The focus of the museum is on the heritage of early Germanic immigrants who moved into the great valley of Virginia.  The museum provides living history exhibits, programs, archives and genealogies.  Located on Virginia highway 623 in Mount Olive, VA.

Mount Jackson Museum

[History of Mount Jackson]

Focused on the local history of Mt. Jackson, Virginia, the museum is housed in the Mt. Jackson Town Hall / Visitor Center at 5901 Main Street in Mt. Jackson, VA.

The Strasburg Museum

[History]

The Strasburg Museum is located inside the 1891 Strasburg Steam Pottery building.  The Virginia Cadden Pottery Room features many historic pottery pieces and antique pottery equipment on display.  Other exhibits and displays are devoted to the history of the Strasburg, Virginia area.  Located at 440 East King Street in Strasburg, VA.

Virginia Museum of the Civil War

New Market Battlefield State Historical Park

[Virtual Tour of Bushong Farm

[Names of those who fought in the New Market Battle]

The New Market Battlefield State Park is a National Historic Landmark.  The 3000 acre park features the Virginia Museum of the Civil War and the 19th Century Bushong Farm with original and reconstructed buildings.  The New Market Battle was a victory for the Confederate Army fought by 257 Cadets from VMI.  Located at 8895 George R. Collins Parkway in New Market, VA.

Woodstock Museum of Shenandoah County, Virginia

The Woodstock Museum features two historic houses, the Marshall House and Wickham House.  Both of these houses have historic connections to the Old Shenandoah County Courthouse.  Focus is on the history of the early residents of Shenandoah County through extensive collections of local and regional artifacts.  Located at 104 South Muhlenberg Street in Woodstock, VA.

 

Smyth County Museum of the Middle Appalachians

The museum features exhibits related to the history of the Saltville Valley including collections about the salt and gypsum deposits in the Saltville Valley, the salt works, ice age history, historical artifacts of the Woodland Indians, Civil War battles, industry in Saltville and an extensive collection of historical photographs.  Located at 123 Palmer Avenue in Saltville, VA.

Glade Mountain Museum

Located at 6711 Lee Highway in Atkins, VA.

King - Stuart House

The log cabin was built in 1795 by William King, an Irish immigrant.  The house was occupied continuously until the 1960s.  Today it is located on the Wilderness Road at 217 Palmer Avenue in Saltville, VA.

Settlers Museum of Southwest Virginia

The primary focus of the Settlers Museum of Southwest Virginia is to tell the story of the people who settled in the mountains of SW Virginia.  Located at 1322 Rocky Hollow Road in Atkins, VA.

Smyth County Historical Society and Museum

The society and museum is focused on the local history of Smyth County.  Located at 109 W. Strother Street in Marion, VA.

Smyth County Visitor Center

The H. L. Bonham Regional Development & Tourism Center is the place to start if you want to explore the historic sites in Smyth County, Virginia.  Operated by the Smyth County Tourism Association, the Visitor Center is housed in the 1911 H. L. Bonham House, a Colonial Revival style home.  Located at 408 Whitetop Road in Chilhowie, VA.

 

Southampton County Boykins Museum

Dedicated to the preservation of the rural railroad history of Southampton County, the 1840 train station holds a country store with antiques on display.  Located at 31584 Main Street in Boykins, VA.

Rawls Museum Arts

The Museum features artwork and historical artifacts related to the history of Southampton County.  Located at 22376 Linden Street in Courtland, VA.

Southampton Agriculture & Forestry Museum

Focused on the agricultural history of Southampton County, the museum features antique farm equipment, hand tools and rural wares.  Located at 26135 Heritage Lane in Courtland, VA.

 

Spotsylvania County

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park on Facebook

[Park Brochures]  [Battle Histories]

America's battleground - Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania.  This is where the Civil War reached a crescendo with 4 major battles.  More than 85,000 men were wounded and 15,000 killed - most in unknown graves.  There are two visitors centers where you may begin your tour of the park:

  1. Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center located at 1013 Lafayette Blvd in Fredericksburg, VA.

  2. Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center located at 9001 Plank Road in Fredericksburg, VA.

  3. Wilderness Battlefield doesn't have a visitor center but is located at the intersection of Route 3 and Route 20 in Locust Grove, VA.

  4. Spotsylvania Battlefield doesn't have a visitor center but the entrance is located on Route 613, Brock Road, approximately two miles northwest of the community of Spotsylvania.

Each of the above visitor centers will provide an orientation film with exhibits about the Civil War battles and materials to help you find your way around the park.  Visitors can take a driving tour or self guided walking tour of the Civil War battlefields.  In spring and summer months, the park offers guided walking tours.  The Stonewall Jackson Shrine is located at 1219 Stonewall Jackson Road in Woodford, VA.

John J. Wright Educational & Cultural Center Museum

Devoted to the history of African American education in Spotsylvania, the museum houses photographs, primary documents and offers mentoring programs and internships for today's students.  Located at 7565 Courthouse Road in Spotsylvania, VA.

Spotsylvania County Museum

The museum holds historical artifacts, photos, and documents related to the history of Spotsylvania from the early Woodland Indians through 1865.  Special emphasis is given to the Battle of Spotsylvania.  Located at 9019 Old Battlefield Blvd.

Spotsylvania Courthouse Historic District

[Spotsylvania Courthouse Historic District Brochure]

[Spotsylvania Court House Battle Summaries]

Originally established in 1722 at Germanna, the historic Spotsylvania Courthouse figured prominently in Civil War history.  Located at 9101 Courthouse Road in Spotsylvania, VA.

Spotsylvania Jail

Built in 1855, as a jail for Spotsylvania County, it was used during the Civil War to hold Union prisoners.  Used as a prison until 1943, it then held different offices and was even used for storage before it was restored and preserved.  Located at 8957 Courthouse Road in Spotsylvania, VA.

 

Stafford County

Aquia Episcopal Church

The historic Church was built between 1751 and 1757.  Still holding services today, it is considered to be one of the oldest active colonial churches still in operation in America.  The beautiful Church may be toured on weekdays.  Located at 2938 Jefferson Davis Hwy. in Stafford, VA.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont Museum

[Estate Map]  [Belmont Estate]

Gari Melcher was one of the most successful painters of his time.  Today, visitors may tour his 18th century estate, Belmont, tour the art galleries and enjoy 27 acres of beautiful gardens and trails.  Located at 224 Washington Street in Falmouth, VA.

White Oak Civil War Museum

The Museum features an extensive collection of Civil War artifacts from both Union and Confederate soldiers most of which were found in the area.  Located at 985 White Oak Road in Falmouth, VA.

 

Surry County Bacon's Castle

Known as the oldest surviving brick dwelling in Virginia, Bacon's Castle was built in 1665 and named for the rebel leader, Nathaniel Bacon of Bacon's Rebellion.  The house today is a museum featuring over 350 years of the history of the people who lived and are associated with this historic site.  Visitors will step back to yesteryear as they tour the house, the outbuildings and the beautiful English gardens.  Located at 456 Bacon's Castle Trail in Surry, VA.

Chippokes Plantation

[Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum]

[Park Brochure and Map] PDF

Chippokes Plantation State Park is one of the oldest working farms in the U.S.  The historical park offers not only the historic plantation along the James River, which is a rural agricultural marvel in itself, but it is also home to the Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum.  There are thousands of artifacts on display in the farm buildings of the Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum which educate visitors about early farm life in this area of Virginia.  Located at 695 Chippokes Park Road in Surry, VA.

Rogers Store Museum

Rogers Store, built ca 1897 and Gwaltney's Store, built ca 1820 are being restored and preserved by the Surry County Historical Society as a museum featuring artifacts and exhibits related to rural life in Surry County, VA.  Located in Carsley, VA.

Smith's Fort Plantation

Smith's Fort Plantation was built between 1751 and 1765 on the same site that Captain John Smith began construction of his fort in 1608.  Today, the plantation house has been restored and holds a collection of period antiques and furnishings.  Located at 217 Smith Fort Lane in Surry, VA.

 

Sussex County

Miles B. Carpenter Museum Complex

Features a Victorian house, and the first peanut museum in the United States.  Located at 201 Hunter Street in Waverly, VA.

 

Tazewell County

Historic Crab Orchard Museum and Pioneer Park

The Pioneer Park Village features 15 log and stone buildings which include family log cabins, a farmhouse, barns, corncribs, a smokehouse, a springhouse and others.  The museum holds historic artifacts from prehistoric times into the 20th century.  Located at 3663 Crab Orchard Road in Tazewell, VA.

Pocahontas Exhibition Mine

The Pocahontas Mine is one of the largest coal mines in the world.  Tunnels in the mine are being preserved as an educational exhibit.  Guides take visitors through the tunnels and visitors will learn how coal mining works.  Located at 11 Centre Street in Pocahontas, VA.

 

Warren County

Balthis House

This house is said to be the oldest surviving structure on Chester Street, the oldest street in Front Royal, VA.  The original part of this town house was built ca 1787-1802.  The house is open for tours.  Located at 101 Chester Street.

Belle Boyd Cottage

One of the oldest buildings in Front Royal, Virginia, the cottage is known for it's association with Belle Boyd, famous Confederate spy.  Today, it is a living history museum, is operated by the Warren Heritage Society and may be toured.  Located at 101 Chester Street in Front Royal, VA.

Ivy Lodge

Ivy Lodge is home to the Warren Heritage Society.  Built ca 1819, the Ivy Lodge was formerly the town library.  Today it features museum exhibits related to the history of the people of Warren County along with the Laura Virginia Hale Archives where researchers will find historic documents, histories, photographs and other research materials.  Located at 101 Chester Street in Front Royal, VA.

Warren Rifles Confederate Museum

Owned and operated by the Warren Rifles Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy, the museum features relics and records of the Civil War.  Located at 95 Chester Street in Front Royal, VA.

 

Washington County

Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum

The 1860 home has been beautifully restored.  Visitors will tour the house and see how a middle class family lived in the 1860s.  Located at 208  West Main Street in Abingdon, VA.

Martha Washington Inn

[History]

Although this beautiful hotel and spa has been renovated and enlarged since it's beginnings in 1832 as a home to General Francis Preston and his wife Sarah Buchanan Preston, the original portion of this historical treasure has been preserved intact.  Over the years, there have been many famous and notable guests to the Inn.  Located at 150 West main Street in Abington, VA.

Old Fairview Cabin

Built in 1805 the historic log home was built by Jacob Hagy, a founder of the Hagy Wagon Company.  Today, the cabin may be rented.  Located at 25538 Old Saltworks Road in Abingdon, VA.

William King Museum

The primary focus of the William King Museum is on regional art and arts education.  Housed in a 1913 historic school, the museum showcases art of the region and the world.  Located at 415 Academy Drive in Abingdon, VA.

 

Westmoreland County Kinsale Museum

Devoted to the preservation of Kinsale history, the museum houses historic artifacts, photographs, antiques, scrapbooks, and memorabilia.  Operated by the Kinsale Foundation, the museum is located at 449 Kinsale Road in Kinsale, Va.

The Museum at Colonial Beach

The Museum at Colonial Beach on Facebook

[Colonial Beach History]

The museum is housed inside an historical house and features exhibits related to the history of the people who have inhabited Colonial Beach, VA.   Colonial Beach is a waterside town so many of the exhibits are focused on the fishermen and oystermen who made their living from the waters around Colonial Beach.  Historic artifacts, photographs and other interesting items are included in the museum collections.  Located at 128 Hawthorne Street in Colonial Beach, VA.

Westmoreland County Museum

The Westmoreland County Museum is the oldest museum in the Northern Neck of Virginia.  Exhibits include Indian artifacts, plantation artifacts, portraits of key figures in the history of Westmoreland County and historical items related to President Washington, President Madison and President Monroe.  The museum houses the Northern Neck Historical Society Library where genealogical researchers will find many research materials.  Located at 43 Court Square in Montross, VA.

 

Wise County

Big Stone Gap

A Virginia Mountain Town steeped in history and home to the Trail of the Lonesome Pine State Outdoor Drama.

Harry W. Meador Coal Museum

The museum features exhibits and artifacts depicting the history of coal mining in the Appalachian region of Virginia which is a large piece of the heritage of the people who lived and worked in this area.  Located at East Third and Shawnee Avenue in Big Stone Gap, VA.

John Fox Jr. House and Museum

[House History]  [John Fox, Jr.]  [Tours]

The museum is housed inside the 1888 historical home to the Fox family and was where John Fox, Jr. (author and war correspondent) lived.  The home is filled with original furnishings, vintage photographs of the early days of Big Home Gap, and vintage household items.  The home is surrounded by lovely grounds and gardens.  Located at 117 Shawnee Avenue E in Big Stone Gap, VA.

June Tolliver House & Folk Art Center

[History

The historical home built in the late 1880s, features antiques from the turn of the century and paintings by local artists on the first floor.  The second floor features local history and an archive of historic photographs.  Located at 522 Clinton Avenue E in Big Stone Gap, VA.

Lonesome Pine School and Heritage Center

Devoted to the history of local schools in Big Stone Gap, the collection features historical artifacts, photographs and school memorabilia in an old home which has been renovated.  Located at 511 Clinton Avenue in Big Stone Gap, VA.

Old Russell County Courthouse

Built in 1799, the stone courthouse was once the county courthouse for Russell County, although it sits in Wise County now.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Virginia Landmark as well.  It has been restored and is open to the public.  There is a log house on the premises that is open for local craft sales.  Located on Route 58A in St. Paul, VA.

Southwest Virginia Museum

Historical State Park

[History]  [Virtual Tour of Online Exhibits]

Housed inside a beautiful 1888 4-story mansion made of locally quarried sandstone and limestone, the museum chronicles the exploration and development of the Big Stone Gap region.  Exhibits depict life at the turn of the century, artifacts of early settlers who pioneered this area and the history of Big Stone Gap.  Located inside Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at 10 W 1st Street N. in Big Stone Gap, VA.

 

Wythe County

Haller - Gibboney Rock House Museum

Built in 1823, the Rock House was home to Wytheville's first Resident physician, Dr. John Haller.  The house remained in the Haller family for 140 years.  The house was used as a hospital and school during the Civil War and later it was a boarding house when Wytheville was a popular summer resort.  Today, the house features a museum holding a collection of over 1400 original historical artifacts and period furnishings.  Focus is on what family life in Wytheville, Virginia was like during the 19th and 20th centuries.  Located at 205 E. Tazewell Street in Wytheville, VA.

Shot Tower Historical State Park

Built over 150 years ago, the historic tower was used to make ammunition for early settlers.  On Route 52.

Thomas J. Boyd Museum

With focus on the early settlement and development of Wytheville, Virginia, the museum holds objects and images related to the history of the Wytheville area.  Themes of the exhibits include, the pioneer settlement, Civil War, WWI, Edith Bolling Wilson, Wytheville as a summer resort, Wytheville as a polio town and more.  Located at 295 Tazewell Street in Wytheville, VA.

Wythe County African American Heritage Museum

Housed in the former Wytheville Training School Cultural Center, it is the only museum devoted to African American heritage in the region.  Exhibits are focused on education and features many historic photos.  Located at 410 E. Franklin Street in Wytheville, VA.

 

 

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